Gun controversy lost on new shooting stars While adults take sides on the propriety and safety of firearms, competitive marksmanship is a growing draw for children and teens who find satisfaction in the discipline a bull’s-eye requires. ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Rio Ferguson, 10, looked over his score with his dad after he finished target shooting. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff As the debate about gun control is at a fever pitch, young people are learning to use firearms in ever greater numbers. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Rio's parents have versed him in firearm safety since he first fashioned a toy gun out of PVC pipe as a toddler. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Promoters maintain that junior shooting teaches the same life skills instilled by other sports. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Tyler Lefebvre, 17, a member of the Taunton Marksmanship Unit, practiced with an air rifle in his living room. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Mike King of New Hampshire, shown with his daughter Morgan, said overall, there is more interest in shooting. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Teaching children how to use guns, supporters say, will reduce the likelihood of accidents.