We have an exchange student from eastern Europe. Before she came to the US, all her friends told her that she would get shot. "Crazy Americans all they do is shoot each other." When she first got into our home and saw the gun cabinet she was scared to even go near it. She was afraid to go to the mall or the movies, afraid she would get shot. The Mr and I carry all the time. At first it scared her to death to be in the truck with us and our pistols. After a few weeks of not getting shot or seeing anyone else get shot, she seemed more at ease. We have taken every opportunity that presents itself to portray gun owners and guns themselves in the best possible light. She told us about being mugged by gypsies who beat her up when she was 14, threw her on the ground kicking and punching her and stole her groceries. The Mr said that if that happened here, the gypsies would sprout holes and so it doesn't happen here. I said that's why I carry a gun. A group of idiots will quickly lose interest in whatever I have in my bag when staring down the barrel of a .45. The other day I caught her watching me while I cleaned our shotguns. She asked a few questions like how to know if it's loaded and if it could just go off on it's own. I explained it all to her, and she went back to her room. Then earlier this week the story came out about the burglar in OK who got shot by the little girl hiding in the closet. She had a lot of different emotions on that one but mostly happy the kid was able to defend herself. Today she came and told me she wants to learn how to shoot. The problem, and I explained this to her, is that the agency that she is an exchange student with has a policy that if the student is caught shooting guns, they are immediately sent home. It's not just guns, they have this big honkin list of "dangerous activity" that includes everything from riding a riding mower to skydiving. I reminded her of this, and said that if the coordinator or anyone else at the agency found out it would be an instant Go Home Ticket for her. She said, how would they ever know? Pretty much what I'm thinking. I told her I'd think about it. What do you think? She's 17 and understands that if I say ok she could not tell her parents or friends back home until she got back home because they would most likely tell the agency about it. I don't know whether to follow the rules and say no, or say eff the rules (like I normally do) and teach her. Man I really want to teach her, and not just how to shoot but the whole point of being an armed citizen. I need some input here.