Gun safety taught in schools???

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Gun safety taught in schools???
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Thu, 10-06-2011 - 3:51pm



“The purpose of the Eddie Eagle Program isn’t to teach whether guns are good or bad, but rather to promote the protection and safety of children. The program makes no value judgments about firearms…”

Virginia’s Board of Education may give local districts the go ahead to start teaching gun safety in public elementary schools.

According to the Huffington Post:

The curriculum includes lessons ranging from distinguishing those who use guns professionally to recognizing and catching firearms on school property…Individual districts will be able to decide whether to adopt the curriculum.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Sun, 10-16-2011 - 6:12pm
So the issue was not the gun safety course, but the failure of the gun owners to properly store the weapons and press on the kids the training that they received!

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Sun, 10-16-2011 - 9:26am

What you have said is true!

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Registered: 08-30-2002
Sat, 10-15-2011 - 1:18pm

We are totally a "no guns" family, but I wouldn't mind safety regarding firearms being taught in the schools. Parents could opt out, just like for sex ed, if they think gun safety should only be taught at home.

They aren't teaching the kids how to handled firearms, or how to load and unload a gun, they seem to be trying teach discernment about guns. I remember asking dd, when she was 3 or 4, what she should do if she found a gun or one of her friends was showing her a gun. She told me "take it to a grown-up." WHOA! I had the opportunity to tell her "No, don't touch it or let any of your friends touch it. Go



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Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 10-14-2011 - 9:42am
I think it is a great idea! Guns are everywhere, kids should learn basic safety. In Illinois, all kids have to take drivers ed, but they do not all have to actually drive the car. But, cars, roads, etc... are in their lives and they should learn the rules of the road. I am surprised that a girl scout troop went to a shooting range, since GS of America does not allow guns of any sort, they just allowed lazer tag last year because it was too much like shooting. They have always allowed archery though, wierd I know.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Tue, 10-11-2011 - 4:17pm

Of course this could not be possible as guns are not permitted on school property at all.

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Registered: 12-12-2007
Tue, 10-11-2011 - 12:17pm
I may be the odd man out here, but I don't think this is a bad idea. As long as they can really keep to the "no idea of guns being good or bad" and if they allow parents the option. Let them know this is coming up and allow them to take their kids out if they want. The education system is there to assist parents in teaching their children. Not to dictate what a child learns.
See - guns are a big part of life where I live. I'm not sure I could name a family that doesn't own a gun. So gun safety is a really important thing for us. Even DD10's girl scout troop has gone to the shooting range and learned gun safety. So allowing children to have a healthy fear of guns. Just enough so they know not to "play" with them, but also allowing them to know what to do if something comes up is good to me.
KRISTIE
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Mon, 10-10-2011 - 9:59am

There is no reason for a teen or child to be handling a gun with other kids around.

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Registered: 12-24-2005
Sun, 10-09-2011 - 10:09pm

I wish to join in on this one. A gun in the hands of a person who knows what they are holding and doing, it