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

10:43 am - 01/30/2013
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.


OP: Priorities... Missouri has them.
ultraelectric 30th-Jan-2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'm out there with my ideas, but I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing. Kids should be taught about gun and weapon safety. Teaching kids if they come across a gun to go get an adult is a GOOD THING. I mean, it's not an uncommon thing for kids to come across a gun and accidentally shoot themselves or others.

Don't get me wrong, sex education should be a priority, but so is teaching kids safety with weapons especially around that age. Although, I do hope in their teaching they give out pamphlets to parents about keeping guns in safe areas away from small hands.
eveofrevolution 30th-Jan-2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
This is what I thought too. Not a fan of it being sponsored by the NRA, but as long as guns are going to be such an ~Amurrkan right~ and so prevalent in our culture, at least more kids will be exposed to gun safety when their idiot parents leave their loaded handgun on the coffee table.
crossfire 30th-Jan-2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
Great way to get more money into the NRA's coffers, there, senators. Well played.

Here's the program in question: http://eddieeagle.nra.org/ I like the idea of teaching kids what to do if they come across a gun, but this is more boondoggle than education.
kitanabychoice 30th-Jan-2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
It's okay to talk about guns, but not sex in any capacity. I'm not surprised.
vulturoso 30th-Jan-2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
tabaqui 30th-Jan-2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
Fuck my state. God's *teeth*. So sick of this shite.
amyura 30th-Jan-2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
I think those numbers at the end would be a lot more compelling if the reporter used the same order of magnitude. For every 200,000 people in Missouri, assuming an exact 50-50 split between men and women, there are 25 gun deaths and 10,200 unintended pregnancies.
kyra_neko_rei 31st-Jan-2013 08:31 am (UTC)
Call for a compromise. Let the NRA teach gun safety if Planned Parenthood gets to teach sex ed.
dagnirovanaliel 30th-Jan-2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, Missouri. Totally unsurprised.

Thing is, I think this could be a decent thing if it were part of, say, the health class curriculum rather than having someone from the NRA come in. Because boy do I not trust them. Children absolutely need to know proper gun safety if America's going to continue refusing to reform the laws and people are going to continue to have guns. Also, Missouri is pretty damn rural and loads of people here hunt. Well, not HERE here, because I live in St. Louis, though the subdivision next to us recently approved bow hunting in their little wooded area that backs up to my neighbor's house.

tl;dr: gun safety would be a great thing for kids to learn, just not from the fucking NRA, also the sex ed policy needs to change and SERIOUSLY MISSOURI THESE ARE YOUR PRIORITIES?!
blackjedii 30th-Jan-2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
The NRA will offer tips and other informational materials for a low price to any and all interested schools
blackjedii 30th-Jan-2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
lolcatielol 30th-Jan-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
I was educated about gun safety super young by my father who was a police officer. But even though I knew there were guns in the house, I had no idea where they were. The first time I saw one of his guns (state-issued or personal), I was 15.

Rather than spending money telling kids what to do if they find a gun just laying around, maybe they should spend that money on gun reform so dumbasses who would leave a gun, loaded or not, just lying around a child wouldn't be allowed to own that gun.
nicosian 31st-Jan-2013 12:55 am (UTC)
Sex ed bad.
Gun ed good.

Oh, so charmingly, horrifyingly narrow in vision and ever so backwards. To use sex ed protest logic, won't teaching kids gun safety mean they want to run out and try it? Oh, wait, no? Or its ok because its money in the NRA pocket I guess.

Missouri's a land where logic has clearly left for saner shores.
yeats 31st-Jan-2013 01:35 am (UTC)
nope nope nope nope nope

none of the hypothetical children i have with ryan gosling will ever go anywhere NEAR a gun, thank you very much.
maenads_dance 31st-Jan-2013 09:30 am (UTC)
But what if your kid is over on a playdate at a friend's house, and someone in their friend's family owns a firearm?

I think gun safety education in grade school is a great idea, equivalent to DARE and sex ed. I am not a fan of places that do gun safety/DARE and not sex ed, but I've wondered for a while why gun safety isn't a regular thing.
lovedforaday 31st-Jan-2013 02:15 am (UTC)
This is a state where everyone who runs for office here in rural MO proudly proclaims they're members of the NRA. Of course this bill was proposed
wikilobbying 31st-Jan-2013 03:26 am (UTC)
gun safety as taught by the nra? that might be one of the funniest goddamn jokes i've ever heard.
et_tu_lulu 31st-Jan-2013 08:56 am (UTC)
In theory, I don't mind the idea of a class on gun safety. But a gun safety class run by the NRA? Hell no.

And seriously, Missouri, get your head out of your ass when it comes to sex ed.
lady_grace 31st-Jan-2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
This state, Jesus. I blame Roy Blunt.
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