Wisconsin Republicans are bent on passing legislation allowing residents of any age to legally hunt in our state. Their rationale: "Parents should decide when children are old enough to handle weapons." Really?

As an avid hunter myself, I can't fathom little 5-year-old Billy walking through the woods with a loaded high-power rifle, accompanied by his 90-year-old "mentor" grandpa, who has poor eyesight and bad hearing. To be clear, the mentored "hunter" needs no formal training in firearms safety nor hunting protocol. None. Instead of encouraging our youth to learn more about the proud heritage of hunting in our state, including proper firearms training, along with the excitement of "walking in the woods," some of our legislators seem intent on giving our kids a "free pass."

I'm hopeful that Grandpa takes little Billy's cellphone away from him before they head off into the woods. After he unbuckles him from his child's car safety restraint seat that state law mandates children under 8 years old must use.

"OK, Billy. Unbuckle, then lock and load."

Richard A. Bosanko

Bristol

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