Guns Kill Children
To start I'd like to say that I don't really know where I fall on the whole gun banning issue. Personally, I feel like there has to be a compromise somewhere that allows people to be safe AND gun owners to protect themselves. Either way, I don't think the NRA has any right to advertise guns to children.
The NRA recently held a "youth day" in indianapolis targeted at 5-12 year olds. I'm sure a lot of it was focused on gun safety and "kid safe" toy guns. But even toy guns can kill. The article cites a story where a 5 year old killed his 2 year old sister while playing with a supposedly unloaded Crickett rifle. The article also talks about measure like smart guns that can only be used by the licensed owner because it recognizes their fingerprints. The NRA opposes the technology but It seems like a pretty good idea to me.
Again, I don't know how I feel about the gun issue in general. But I do know that they should be kept away from kids. Kids PLAY and guns should not be PLAYED with no matter how old you are. If you want a gun to hunt or protect your family, fine. But it is not a toy. Marketing to kids makes it seem like they are. Even BB guns, paint ball guns, and air soft guns can do serious damage, but the worst damage is that you're teaching your children that firearms are fun. That is not what they're meant for.
It's like everything else in life. As parent's it's our responsibility to show our children the dangers that are present in this world. People, animals, cars, guns, etc.