Kids pose with gun-toting Santa: Owners of Eagle Gun Range say event is family-friendly

A new spin on taking pictures with Santa is raising some eyebrows in Texas.

At the Eagle Gun Range in Lewisville, Texas, kids can pose with a gun-toting Santa. Meanwhile, kids are also allowed to hold weapons. 

Owners of the gun range said the event is child-friendly.

"I think it's extremely important to train children, to educate them and take the mystery out of guns," one owner said.

But others don't agree and said that having children pose with guns sends the wrong message.

"I think we have to begin to talk about our love affair with violence," said Rev. Peter Johnson, an advocate for stricter gun control.

Johnson said he believes violence in America would decrease if weapons are harder to access. He said he has helped take 22,000 guns off the street in the past two  decades through Gun Buy Back events.

"We are not going to be able to take all the guns out of Americans hands, but I think we must begin to talk to America about violence itself."

Owners of the Eagle Gun Range said, however, that they don't advocate violence. Rather, they focus on gun safety.

"This is one of the reasons we opened the range is to educate children to train them in the correct way to use them and it can be a fun sport, it doesn't have to be a dangerous sport," the owner said.

While both sides differ on how they see guns, they also were in agreement about the pain and anger they felt about the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school last week. Both said they believe more has to be done to keep children safe at schools.


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