Danny Westneat: Last week, when I wrote that we are so awash in guns we may as well teach gun safety in the schools, people across the political spectrum had fainting spells.
We are now one of the most heavily armed states (according to gun-permit
counts). Some object to gun classes on the grounds they only endorse
this arms race.
McAuliffe has introduced a resolution for the state to promote the
use of the National Rifle Association's Gun Safety Program in schools.
She co-sponsored it with some gun-rights conservatives, such as Sen. Pam
Roach, R-Auburn. (It was introduced near the end of the last
legislative session and won't be up for a vote until next year.)
The basic premise is on gun safety, not how to shoot. The NRA's
course for the littlest kids, in elementary schools, doesn't include
actual guns. It teaches them what to do if they're ever around a gun
(stop, don't touch, leave the area, tell an adult).
Me: Or have parent education on what to tell their kids. Send a sheet home
to parents and kids - the state can easily do that.
McAuliffe's example about NOT telling her kids anything and then
they went to a friend's house where there was a gun?
When my kids were small, I always asked the parents of their
friends, "Are there guns in your home?" Hard discussion but a better
one than, "How did this happen?"
I taught my kids to walk away and get an adult. Not an
Charlie; Guns are here. The bad information is all over the media. Children
should know what to do.
What they should know is stop, don't touch, leave the area, tell an
adult. They don't need to know any more than that.
It doesn't even require having an actual gun for the lesson.
I don't own a gun - and wouldn't care to. That said, I can't see why
anyone would object to having their child, and all of their child's
schoolmates, get this lesson: stop, don't touch, leave the area, tell an