Schools have deviated from the standard writing, writing and arithmetic. They now teach many issues related to the dangers that will face kids and teenagers. Whether this is the role of the schools or not is a matter of discussion, but as it stands, the logic goes as follows: we should not promote ignorance of drugs, of pregnancy or of STDs.
However, for some reason, schools across America are absolutely compelled to promote ignorance of safe firearm handling.
Pretending that if they just make firearms taboo with draconian restrictions and severe penalties for even referencing a gun, school administrators have done a tremendous disservice to kids who belong to one of the millions of households with firearms.
They fetishize these weapons and become outraged when ignorance claims the life of innocents in an accidental shooting. It’s unconscionable.
Thankfully, there is a program dedicated to bringing guns into the schools so that kids can learn the proper respect for firearms.
In Colorado City, Colorado, a program being overseen by Project Appleseed invited kids to handle firearms under safe supervision. The three-day program took place at Carver Middle School. The program entailed several events, including spreading multiple guns out on a table so that students could hold pistols, revolvers and rifles and feel the weight and gain respect for the dangerous tools.
On the last day of the event, students could attend a shooting at an outdoor range where they could shoot the guns that they had studied for the previous two days in a safe environment.
Project Appleseed coordinator Jim Hathit praised the idea, saying,
“We’re teaching them about the firearms so they are familiar with them.”
“I think it’s better for them to have respect for it, know how to handle it, not that they should, but that they are aware about the firearms. It’s not an, ‘Oh, what’s this? What can we do with this?’”
Students appeared to be supportive of the idea and the environment where they could ask questions and gain a familiarity with weapons.
The program appears to serve as a partial “no-brainer” solution to gun violence. While there will always be gun violence, so many deaths caused by accidental discharges can be attributed to curious kids exploring guns and/or showing them off to a friend. Instilling a healthy level of respect for such weaponry should be a top priority of both those working for and against the Second Amendment.
Guns will never be disinvented and we have reached a point where civilian confiscation will be met with fierce resistance. The best option available is to teach our ids to deal with the realities surrounding firearms.