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Missouri Bill Would Require All First Graders To Take NRA-Sponsored Gun Class

Posted by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 4:33 PM
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Missouri Bill Would Require All First Graders To Take NRA-Sponsored Gun Class

Students in Missouri have no sexual education requirement, so there’s a good chance they don’t know how to properly protect themselves from STIs or unintended pregnancy. Soon, though, they may be able to protect themselves from guns.

Missouri state Senate is considering a bill that would require all first graders in the state to take a gun safety training course. Using a grant provided by the National Rifle Association, it would put a “National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program” instructor in every first grade classroom.

The irony that there’s no requirement for students to learn about their bodies — but that there is one for deadly weapons — seems lost on the legislators proposing the measure, one of whom lamented, “I hate mandates as much as anyone, but some concerns and conditions rise to the level of needing a mandate”:pushing for its passage:

Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, told the Senate General Laws Committee Tuesday that his bill was an effort to teach young children what to do if they come across an unsecured weapon.[...]

“I hate mandates as much as anyone, but some concerns and conditions rise to the level of needing a mandate,” Brown said.

Senators watched a brief segment of the training video during the hearing. The segment featured a cartoon eagle telling children to step away from an unsecured gun and immediately report it to an adult.

The measure would also require teachers to spend eight hours in a training course for how to respond to an armed assailant in the school. But the NRA will not foot the bill for the cost of substitute teachers on those days — despite the organizations stated focus on protecting the classroom.

And if the legislature is truly worried about protecting their students, sex education is a good place to start. Missouri’s young people suffer some of the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases in the country. Many of the schools run abstinence-only education, which is proven ineffective and likely to lead to more STIs and unintended pregnancies. It may not be as terrifying to a parent to imagine their child pregnant instead of shot, but it’s a much more likely possibility: In Missouri, 51 out of every 1,000 women have an unintended pregnancy, while there are 12.3 gun deaths per 100,00 people.


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UpSheRises
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM
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I wouldn't mind my child receiving instruction on what to do if they find an unsecured weapon. Seems like that is information any adult could share and it could lead to some great discussions in the classroom and at home.

I don't think a corney cartoon eagle from a gun industry lobbying organization would be as effective as a respected adult or law enforcement official but the information is important without a doubt.

MsDenuninani
by Bronze Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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Can we please keep the NRA's special interests out of our children's classroom materials? 

Is that really too much to ask?

PamR
by Platinum Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:58 PM



Quoting UpSheRises:

I wouldn't mind my child receiving instruction on what to do if they find an unsecured weapon. Seems like that is information any adult could share and it could lead to some great discussions in the classroom and at home.

I don't think a corney cartoon eagle from a gun industry lobbying organization would be as effective as a respected adult or law enforcement official but the information is important without a doubt.

The NRA have an agenda.  If kids receive info about gun safety, it shouldn't be from an organization that is pushing guns.


motherslove82
by Bronze Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM
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It's not a bad idea.

Fields456
by Bronze Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 6:02 PM
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Wouldn't bother me but my kids start learning gun safety from a very young age and my 6 year old already shoots a gun. I do think the training part for teachers is an excellent idea
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rccmom
by Gold Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 8:38 PM

I think gun safety courses are not a bad idea. Sex Ed is a good idea also. I hope the NRA are paying for all materials needed in the classroom as well as the instructors.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 8:57 PM
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The class helps kids not get shot and not shoot others.

Sounds good to me.

mama2beautiesnb
by Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 9:02 PM
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Quoting PamR:


yes lets bring someone in who isnt part of an organization of experts. Seems legit to me....
JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 11:21 PM
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I've heard this is a very good program. I don't have a problem with it. Hopefully it will cut down on gun accidents involving children.

Sex Ed should be required too, but I don't see what the one has to do with the other.
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PamR
by Platinum Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:47 PM



Quoting mama2beautiesnb:

Quoting PamR:


yes lets bring someone in who isnt part of an organization of experts. Seems legit to me....

Ironic that we can teach kids to handle guns, but not teach them about sex. 


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