"Even where the affections are not strongly moved by any superior excellence, the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain." I will support victor to the very end. That's what friends do. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/84/84-h/84-h.htm#chap24
Train both your girls or boys to handle a gun properly. It's a tool, so when used correctly there are no worries. It's the people who aren't trained or have evil in them that pull the trigger for the wrong reasons!