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    In first grade, when they can not understand it? You people are less interested in gun safety then political indoctrination. How about waiting till the kid is 13 or 14 and can actually use a gun? That might make sense, but teaching a six year old?
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    Trust me they can understand....by the teens it's too late and they're already in a gang or something without any respect for guns....
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    @PoliticalSpice do you know what they teach? No. They teach gun safety and not to even touch a gun without an adult supervising them. You aren't giving the kids enough credit. They understand a lot more than you think.
    Everyone could use a class on gun safety. Even if you hate guns.
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    Given that the k -6 schools in Senator's home district rated 6.5 out of 10 on state wide testing perhaps time might be better spent teaching more traditional subjects.
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    Whether you think guns should be banned, a little more regulated, a little less regulated, or just freely available to anyone this gun safety class is commonsense. If more kids know what to do when they find a gun then they are less likely to hurt themselves with a gun.
    Doesn't mean we shouldn't also require guns to be locked away when not holstered. That would also protect kids and other people who might just stumble upon the gun.
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    This is pretty cool. This will help stop gun ignorance. I think all kids should learn gun safety at home... but not everybody has a family member at home who can teach them
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    It's good teaching to tell the kids to not touch the gun and leave and get an adult. It's good for teachers to have a seminar about what to do. I don't like the NRA and don't trust them but as this is stated here, I don't see what the objection can be?
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    My son went through Eddie Eagle in Second Grade an a couple times afterwards. It went hand in hand with what we taught him at home. I'd love to see a return of rifle teams at the middle school and high school level.

    I was a bit concerned about the Eddie Eagle program until I read the lesson plan. It boils down to 'if you see a gun or any part of a gun, find an adult and do not play with it.

    There is no mystification of firearms, no creation of firearm talisman worshipers and no politics. This is basic firearms safety and does work.
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    @thatgirl Sorry you feelt that way. But I did SUB at the Albuquerque Public Schools for a while, and I've seen first hand many high school graduates from a lot of public school systems and due to the 1) classroom overcrowding 2) obsession of the upper echelons with enriching THEIR SALARIES rather than trying to improve conditions for students and teachers, "that's the way it is". That's why so many parents wind up sending their kids to private schools if they can afford it.
    It WASN'T ALWAYS like this. I'm a graduate of the Public School System in Forest Hills, Queens, NY. The overwhelming majority of my teachers were EXCELLENT. A handful (Ms. Linda Lippman, Mr. Schainwoks?, Mr. Harvey, Mr. Lascher-these four) WERE TERRIBLE BIGOTS but good teachers. After my Grandfather died and I wore black for a week, Ms. Lippman, who knew where I was from because I was still learning English, commented: "Is this week some sort of Fascist Holiday? Is that why you're wearing black?". This post is already too long, but I wanted to let you know what many students go through at the hands of their teachers. I quit teaching after the 3rd break in into my car. At $7.52 an hour (1994 wages) I couldn't afford to work at Public Schools and be constantly replacing windows, radios and center consoles. No insult intended. Just stating the facts. Home-schooled kids are MOST ALWAYS better educated than public school kids. I saw that on some TV news magazine, either 60 Minutes or one of its clones. I'm sure you are a wonderful, caring teacher. Not all are, ESPECIALLY the upper echelons, who've reached their level of incompentence, "Peter Principle" style.
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    @Canoochee nooooooo, I would prefer an entity that isnt a lobby to teach my children. Do you have kids in school in MO? I do.
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    @thatgirl I prefer that my child be taught by the most qualified. My child was already well versed in firearm safety before he went to school. He knew not to touch a firearm if found and to report it to an adult.

    What is it about the NRA that makes you hate them so much? Do you bear the same animosity for say the ACLU who is also a lobbyist?
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    It's nanny state propaganda trying to force children into wanting to have guns and go experiment with their daddy's guns. I bet Obama is behind it trying to get more kids to bring guns to school so they'll kill their classmates and allow Obama to take ALL our guns.
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    Because they don't work? These are the results of gun safety study for twenty-nine groups of boys (n= 64) that took part in the study. The mean age of participants was 9.8 years. Twenty-one of the groups (72%) discovered the handgun (n = 48 boys); 16 groups (76%) handled it (n = 30 boys). One or more members in 10 of the groups (48%) pulled the trigger (n = 16 boys). Approximately half of the 48 boys who found the gun thought that it was a toy or were unsure whether it was real. Parental estimates of their child's interest in guns did not predict actual behavior on finding the handgun. Boys who were believed to have a low interest in real guns were as likely to handle the handgun or pull the trigger as boys who were perceived to have a moderate or high interest in guns ... More than 90% of the boys who handled the gun or pulled the trigger reported that they had previously received some sort of gun safety instruction!

    Conclusion. Many 8- to 12-year-old boys will handle a handgun if they find one. Guns that are kept in homes should be stored in a manner that renders them inaccessible to children.guns, weapons, firearms, children, childhood behavior, injury prevention. CDC data show number of accidental firearm deaths for children under age 15 has gone back up to 62, a number that it was at in 2008.
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    How about sex ed then and teach about the use of condoms as opposed to preaching abstinence? Because I know a certain segment of the population who was really against that kind of ungodly indoctrination being taught in there schools from a state that sounds an awful lot like Montana. Oh wait, it was Montana.
    Or to put it another way, it's only indoctrination when it's the other side doing it. When it's our side it's just good sense. Like taking a kid to church every sunday and having them told they'll burn in hell while the monotonously chant hymns about obedience.
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    @JimCO55 So your liberal reasoning is to to not educate children at all about staying away from guns? And what is the origin of this imaginary study?
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    @frigginhell "Or to put it another way, it's only indoctrination when it's the other side doing it. When it's our side it's just good sense."

    Spoken like a true liberal.
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    My dad taught us kids at a very young age about gun safety & every kid should know how to use a gun properly over age 10 but should know the dangers of guns as soon as you can teach them. The earlier the better. Not all parents are smart enough to invest in a gun safe.
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    An outstanding idea. Right along with the recently passed law in South Dakota permitting school districts to arm every teacher. Some of our more conservative states are taking real action that can make a difference in these situations. The Liberal feel-good magazine and assault weapon bans will do nothing to keep school children safe. My father taught all of the 6 kids in my family gun safety. Starting at age 6 he would teach us to shoot and how to properly and safely handle guns. When I was 12, I attended the Hunters Safety Course at our local high school. We were asked to bring our own guns to the course so we could learn with the actual guns we would be shooting. The Liberal politicians from the city have no idea, most have probably never even held a gun. To them, I am sure the words I write here seem "scary".
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    I think it's a good idea. I've been teaching my son about guns since he was 4 years old. He's always known not to touch them. He is now 7 and owns a BB gun and a bow and arrow set. He never uses either without supervision. He also shoots a .22 rifle with our family and loves it. He knows how to respect guns at other people's homes as well. Not all parents own guns so it will be good for these children to learn what to do when they see one rather than finding out on their own if they visit a friend and find one. Just my opinion.
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    they teach these same children that homo erotic sex is fine, drug use is fine, so why not teach them the RIGHT thing to do when they find a gun!?!?!?!?
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    My husband and I own guns plural, some for pure protection, some for sport, most that serve both, and some we just want for their beauty; historic or aesthetic. Neither he nor I have any problem with law enforcemnt ever! My husband and the uncles introduce our children to gunsat an early age. But we have required our girls as well as boys to take hunters safety and to not only pass but participate in hunters safety. Who wouldn't want their children to have a basis of knowledge from all legitimate players in the use of guns. I not only don't see a problem, I applaude MO.
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    I don't think its a bad idea, I just believe strongly the burden of teaching gun safety is the parents and the parents alone. But I wouldn't oppose a corse such as this in my childrens schools.
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