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

Written by Annie-Rose Strasser

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.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.

 

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264 comments

Jeanne R
Jeanne R10 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R10 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R10 days ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R10 days ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R10 days ago

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Jessica Larsen
Janne O4 years ago

This is not a bad idea, especially not in a country with an abundance of guns.
We've never owned a real gun in my household, but when I was little, my father taught me how to handle it in case I ever came across one, and how *not* to behave with a gun.
Young children of normal intelligence should be able to understand the difference between toy and the real thing, if they're explained, and that could save lives, as recent shootings have shown.

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Scott haakon
Scott haakon4 years ago

I would say a little older perhaps 7. But it is very good to have training. We need to rekindle a code of conduct around weapons. In many cultures and even in the US it is considered bad manners to handle another's weapons with out permission. Unfortunately that is no been the case in the last decades. Training and conditioning save a lot of grief. It is in the same category of "never take rides with strangers".
The NRA is very good at these training programs with lots of experience. Gun training is a public safety project. Respect for the weapon is the first step.

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Muriel C.
Muriel C4 years ago

Are they out of they freaking minds? Last time a 6 years old was taught to use a gun, he killed his dad. A child that age doesn't realize death is a permanent condition, nor does (s)he have the brain developed enough to fully know right from wrong.

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Aud Nordby
Aud n4 years ago

ty

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Tammy Baxter
Tammy B4 years ago

you've got to be freaking kidding me!

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