Teaching firearms safety

December 12, 2017

One of the best educational programs kids can be exposed to is the Eddie Eagle program that teaches firearms safety.  It hammers home the idea that a gun is not a toy, and if you find one, you don’t touch it, you report it to an adult.  Sadly, every year, we see children or even adults killed or injured because a child who was not instructed in proper caution around firearms happened across one and thought it was a toy. 

So why doesn’t every school teach the free Eddie Eagle program?  Because it’s offered by the NRA, and many parents have been misled into thinking that the NRA is just a bunch of “gun nuts” who are responsible for mass shootings, even though I can’t think of a single mass shooter who has ever been an NRA member (although I bet a lot of potential mass shootings have been stopped by NRA members.)  They think the NRA is trying to brainwash their children.  They would rather just blame the gun.  It’s like banning power drills because they can be deadly if you let a kid use one who’s never been instructed in its safe handling. 

To illustrate the dangers of that attitude, police and TV station KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa, conducted an experiment.  They secretly taped eight pre-school and kindergarten kids who had never been trained in gun safety in a room where an unloaded gun had been hidden in a toy box.  You can imagine what happened next.  Anti-gun parents should watch this video.  Maybe it would shock them into accepting that keeping their kids in ignorance of firearms isn’t bliss, it’s potential suicide.   

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  • Clara Herrin

    12/18/2017 05:02 AM

    How typical. These liberal mothers think that just by saying the word 'gun' that it will result in the wounding or death of their child. Part of being a responsible parent is to talk to your children about things they will experience in life. When I was raising my 3 children we had a gun cabinet with windows that made it possible to see the guns at all times. It was positioned against the wall opposite the front door. Everyone who walked into our home could see it. It was always locked when we weren't out hunting. When my husband gave our boys their first rifle there was a big conversation on how to use it and how to clean it. We made sure they had some hands-on experience in the field, always under his supervision. Therefore, there was no curiosity. When their friends came to play at our house, they were also instructed that the guns were to look at and nothing more. Not one single child ever tried to get their hands on them. There are three ways to avoid any gun problems: 1. education, 2. education, and 3. education. It's called being pro-active in the raising of one's child. If these mothers won't talk about gun safety, how in the world will they ever be able to teach their children about avoiding pre-marital sex?

  • Yvonne Shelton Crumpler

    12/16/2017 09:13 PM

    It is best to educate our young people about firearms than to leave them in ignorance. We always had firearms in my home, however I was taught about them. Guns do not kill people. People kill people ... and that is a fact. Education is the best gift you can give a child.