Originally Posted by tinman44
This was referred to as D.A.R.E. when I was in junior high, or M.A.D.D. or something I don't recall exactly. I do remember McGruff, I also remember every man in my family tree knowing about guns and their use's and safeties.
I got arrested by my D.A.R.E. teacher, Officer West, when I was 11 years old for shoplifting some toys. That ended my career as a hardened criminal
Anyhoo, I think a lot of the liberal anti-gun citizens in VA are misunderstanding the objective of the gun safety course. They're apparently believing that the NRA is going to teach defensive handgun tactics, or run the kiddies through a tactical carbine course (could you imagine Costa teaching school children? Costa: "Come on, Timmy! Clear that double feed! Lock, strip, rack, rack, rack! Get that gun back into the fight and smoke some more bad guys!!"
Someone needs to explain to them that it's all about safety ad preventing needless severe injuries and deaths as results from children playing with loaded guns and such. How many times have we heard the same horrid story of a child finding his parents' gun(s) and then picking them up out of curiosity or to play with them or to show them off to a friend, and then they accidentally shoot themselves with a revolver, or blast their friend in the face at point blank range with a shotgun, or fire off a round from a large caliber hunting rifle that goes through the wall of their house and into their neighbor's house next door and kills a baby that's taking its afternoon nap?
These types of scenarios happen all the time, and it's so horrible and needless because it could've been prevented by educating children on firearms safety. I know the liberals' idea of preventing these tragic accidents is to simply ban ALL guns with the reasoning that if there's no firearms at all (except for in the hands of bad guys like in Mexico), then these awful things wouldn't ever happen. But this is America, where we have the freedom to own firearms to protect ourselves and our property (among the many other legitimate and legal purposes one chooses to purchase a gun), so that simply ain't gonna happen. Ever.
The NRA really needs to step up here (if they haven't already) and spend some cash on TV advertisements explaining the primary objective of these safety classes, and really emphasize that gun safety is ALL these classes will be about, and nothing more.
Just my $.02 worth.