This is one of the best ideas we’ve seen in a long time. Adding firearm education training to a high school system is absolutely brilliant! And honestly, teaching gun safety to even younger kids would be even better.
For years schools used to have “Eddie Eagle” programs that actually taught kids about gun safety. But at some point most of those programs were ended.
North Carolina legislators are trying to pass gun safety legislation to make a firearms training class an elective in high schools. From Bearing Arms:
House Bill 612, filed this week by Representative Jay Adams, would give the state room to develop a firearms education course and allow the class, which would include “firearms safety education as recommend by law enforcement agencies or a firearms association”, to be offered as an elective to high school students.
The course, which would be developed by the North Carolina Board of Education, would not allow live ammunition in the classroom and would also cover the history and mechanics of firearms with a firm emphasis on the importance of gun safety.
Since gun control organizations like Everytown and Moms Demand both claim to be about “gun safety,” they should support this legislation right? What will be the odds they do?
It’s vital that young people learn the importance and history of the 2nd Amendment as well as learning how to handle firearms safely. Even if they never want to own one, at least they would know what to do if they come upon a firearm in order to make it a safe scenario.
Many young people are taught about guns and gun safety by their parents, but there are also many who are not. Since the course is elective, it shouldn’t be an issue at all.