I grew up the same as many of you, im sure. Dad's long guns were unloaded in the closet and there was at least one loaded revolver not far from where dad slept every night! Sound familiar?
The problem is that society as a whole doesn't like guns and think that guns kill people (Hillary). These folks grew up in homes where guns were not present nor did they have anyone to teach them about firearms. That's why you must have your guns locked at home. Allowing a kid to get a gun will also be easily covered under any state law regarding child neglect.
Remember we are supposed to give kids choices these days and let them figure it out, not teach them right from wrong through discipline.
This discipline I speak of is a lost trait for most of our country. Look at the way kids talk, act, and address their elders. For the most part, it's a disgrace. Would you want the majority of young adults with access to a gun? When I was growing up, there was no such thing as school shootings by students. We only worried if me might have to fight a kid on by the basketball courts, we didn't think about killing everybody.
My children (2 and 4) will be raised with respect and will understand how to handle a firearm by about the age of 10. This wont be negotiable, it should be a life skill taught in school (Put that on the ballot). But if they need a few more years to grasp the concepts, so be it.
I look at my nieces and nephews (12-16) and there is no way I would feel comfortable walking a quail/pheasant line with them or even letting them hold a weapon. But when my cousins and I were about 12, we were in the line with all the other guys hunting. Never once did we have a problem.
A high percentage of kids who have the desire to learn about the outdoors will never have a problem with loaded firearms. It's the other kids you need to worry about.