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Colorado Public School Views Gun Knowledge As Part Of A Well Rounded Education

So apparently all is not lost in public education.

In Pueblo County, school officials have opened up their eyes to the importance of teaching children both safety and respect of firearms.  Where gun controllers be all end all method of teaching kids about guns is to say “guns are bad and run away from them” school officials have actually decided to do something that works.

You see, if anyone has kids or have had an interaction with a child, simply telling them “NO” and “DON’T TOUCH THAT” will do one of two things.  One, it will instill in them a crippling and irrational fear of whatever you are talking about (in this case, firearms) that will haunt them for years thus making them freeze in panic when faced with it, especially if in the hands of a criminal.  Two, the prohibition and mystery of the taboo object will just make them seek it out on their own and all too often such things end in tragedy.

So, in short, the methods gun controllers support lead to mentally crippling people and child shootings.

Pueblo County School officials on the other hand have accepted that the best way for children to learn about guns and safety is to ACTUALLY TEACH them about guns and safety.

While this isn’t anything new in places like Alaska, it’s good to see that states in the lower 48 are following this sensible approach to reduce gun violence.

Partnering with the gun safety and marksmen group, Project Appleseed, middle school students were exposed to firearms when Project Appleseed brought guns to school for an educational class.  Afterwards the students were brought to gun range and had the opportunity to fire some rounds down range.

Appleseed Instructor Elizabeth Blackwood summed up the new direction that Pueblo County Officials were taking:

“We’ve never been allowed to bring actual real firearms into a school. Until this week. This is a very big deal. We had them touching fire arms, holding them and learning about how to handle them safely.”

As they say, teach a child when they are young and when they have grown they will not stray.  Gun safety is a terribly important lesson that should be taught early and often and I salute Pueblo County for doing just that.

 

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