LIBS OUTRAGED! These Middle School Students May Soon Get Gun Safety Lessons…

Well, why not? They want the kids to get sex ed in kindergarten, don’t they? Might as well learn about everything…

A Republican state senator in Utah on Monday proposed a program that would give gun safety training to eighth-grade students.

Todd Weiler, who represents Woods Cross, said children would not handle guns themselves, but would learn how to respond to active shooters and what to do if they encounter a gun on the ground.

The program would be optional, and parents would have to sign off, he added.

“I hope we never have an active shooter in a school in Utah, knock on wood. But if we do, I don’t think it would hurt to give kids some ideas of what they should do if there’s an armed person trying to take over the school,” Weiler said, according to Fox 13.

Interestingly, guns in schools used to be a fairly common phenomenon, and gun safety was considered an unremarkable thing to teach to schoolchildren. In 2013 Meredith Jessup at The Blaze uncovered an old LIFE Magazine article on the subject…

In 1954 more than 550 U.S. children under 15 were killed in accidents involving the careless handling of firearms, five of them in lake County, Indiana. [In 2010, 606 people were killed by “accidental discharge of firearms,” according to the CDC. — Ed.] This situation shocked Indiana Conservation Officer Rod Rankin, who decided to offer a course in gun safety to any interested child in the county. In the past year 2,500 children from 6 years on, with the approval of their parents, have taken him up on it.

Rankin stresses two things: never point as gun at anybody, even in play, and always check immediately to see if the gun is loaded … Rankin is glad to answer routine questions such as “How fast and far does a bullet go?” but tries to discourage ones like “Have you ever shot anyone?” and “If you shoot a man in the head how long does it take him to die?”

Some people think Rankin is starting the kids on firearms too young. But the National Rifle Association points out that four states now permit gun safety courses in grade school and says, “The earlier a kid learns to respect a gun and what not to do with it the better chance natural curiosity won’t get him in trouble.”

There are exceptions, of course, but what we generally find from looking at how things were done in the 1950’s is that they usually did a better job of making social and educational policy than we do now. This is a good example, and the folks in Utah are right to bring it back regardless of how apoplectic it makes the Left.

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