Missouri Bill: Teach 1st-Graders About Guns
Bill would require NRA gun safety program to be taught
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2013 12:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – Reading, writing, arithmetic, and gun knowledge? Yes, a Missouri lawmaker wants students taught about guns—in first grade. GOP state Sen. Dan Brown introduced Senate Bill 75, which would require schools to use the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program or similar. The program was designed by the NRA, and its website says it teaches kids "important steps to take if they find a gun," as presented by mascot Eddie Eagle. But opponents of the bill say that exposing children to guns at all will get them interested in weapons.

The bill assures that firearms would be prohibited while the program is being taught, and teachers can't make "value judgements about firearms" publicly, KAIT-8 reports. It would also require simulated active shooter drills, and for teachers and other school employees to receive training for how to deal with a school shooting situation.

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HANKHILL
Feb 1, 2013 6:07 PM CST
6th grade at least!!!!!!
stfu
Feb 1, 2013 9:06 AM CST
"teaches kids important steps to take if they find a gun"... yea the first and only step is not to touch it! problem solved. its not hard to ignore. just like when you tell a kid not to touch moms curling iron or dads razor...the temptation is overwhelming so they touch it anyway and get burned/cut and they don't go near that fucking shit again, unless they're an idiot. too bad guns aren't heated or made of razors. don't mistake me for anti-gun. im all for guns. as long as they are in the correct hands. kids do not need guns nor do they need to be around guns...unless they are going hunting with their families. even then shit can happen. but leaving a gun around the house with a child is beyond foolish; you're pretty much accepting that your child could grab that gun and kill you or themselves at any point in time. also, if there were better gun control you wouldn't have to worry about some fucked up asshole burglar shooting you b.c he wouldn't have a gun.
realtruth
Feb 1, 2013 8:12 AM CST
Kids have had total and free access to the most advanced weapons this society can afford.. Ever since the first people crossed the Bering Strait into this land.. It is a recent idea we should shield kids form weapon knowledge.. Maybe it is a bad idea..