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Old 07-16-2013, 09:53 AM   #16
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I think the overall message of the program,
"Our 'Eddie Eagle' children's safety program has taught over 25 million young children that if they see a gun, they should do four things: "Stop. Don't touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult," he said.

I have no issue with the message but I would be concerned about the adults ie teachers, admin and volunteer parents interjecting their own personal opinions regarding guns.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:55 AM   #17
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I do think this could be a worthwhile 30 minute activity in school once a year, maybe done by police officers with the dare program.

We are not a gun owning family. However, dhs brother was showing dhs mom how to shoot safely in her field while we were visiting. I encouraged our 4 kids to go learn gun safety from their uncle. It's a life lesson we would not have been able to share with them otherwise.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:02 AM   #18
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It looks like Missouri schools are going to be teaching gun safety to 1st graders. This is such an important topic and it is obvious that many children are not learning about gun safety at home. Are schools responsible for teaching every topic that isn't being addressed at home? There aren't enough hours in the day to cover the core topics so do they really have time to fit in gun safety? Is this something you would want your child learning about in school? Will teaching this to 1st graders really make any impact?


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Heck our district dropped the DARE program 2 yrs ago because it was deemed ineffective.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:03 AM   #19
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Teachers do NOT get paid enough for this crap. Being a teacher is like missions work anymore...
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:08 AM   #20
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I think it easily fits into a health and safety curriculum and I see value in it, but it seems every time you turn around teachers are expected to add more things to their curriculum. I don't know how they accomplish what they already have to.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:19 AM   #21
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Teachers do NOT get paid enough for this crap. Being a teacher is like missions work anymore...
Huh? How is teaching kids how to safely respond when they see a gun (which they very well may do in any number of legal scenarios) 'missions work' and 'crap'?
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:32 AM   #22
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I do think this could be a worthwhile 30 minute activity in school once a year, maybe done by police officers with the dare program.
I like this idea
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:06 AM   #23
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You have to pay for driver's ed in school?

Our high school offers it just like any other elective. You don't have to take it but you don't have to pay for it if you do.
Yes, it's a new fee. Also, we have a new rule that says you can only take the class once. We have a backlog of students who want to take the class, and they'd start . . . Miss two days, which means they cannot pass, and then just quit . . . But sign up again later. It was taking up seats and keeping other kids from getting in.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:16 AM   #24
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No, I'd like to see schools return to the concept of solid academic education and I'd like to see parents actually fulfill their obligations to teach their children all the "life skills" agenda stuff that is continuously getting pushed onto the schools because parents suck.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:53 AM   #25
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I think it is a good idea. We don' t have handguns in our home but we do have toy guns to play cops and robbers. We have a friend who is a cop and we asked him to teach my 6 year old the difference between the toy and the real gun. Weight is a major factor. My son knows to stay away from guns but if he ever picked up a hand gun thinking it was a play gun, he now knows how heavy a real one actually is compared to his play one. So was a good lesson for him to learn.

I wouldn't be opposed to having a class like this in school. My son knows a hunting rifle as we have family members who hunt but I don't think he would have thought twice to pick up a hand gun and think it is fake.
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:29 PM   #26
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I have no problem with it. My FIL was a big target shooter, and both my kids spent time on the range learning gun safety. Both are adults now and have never handled a gun since.

Actually, they learned to shoot in Texas, and the range they went shooting at has no earthen berms, or enclosed buildings. Just a grove of trees at the end of the range. My son asked the owner about it, and he said "the closest house is a half mile away, so it's never been an issue"
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:34 PM   #27
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No, I'd like to see schools return to the concept of solid academic education and I'd like to see parents actually fulfill their obligations to teach their children all the "life skills" agenda stuff that is continuously getting pushed onto the schools because parents suck.
I'd like to see that too, but wishing it won't make it happen.

Not to mention that in some communities, gun safety doesn't even show up on the radar until there's an "incident". Lots of engaged and responsible parents don't think about gun safety as a "life skill".

I'd rather have 30 min twice a year in school where someone comes in to remind kids -- at ALL grade levels -- about gun safety than to have even one child killed because they accidentally picked up a gun.

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Old 07-16-2013, 12:36 PM   #28
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Totally for it. Kids need to learn that firearms are deadly items to be treated with absolute respect.
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:36 PM   #29
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I'm not a huge gun-in-the-house fan, but I have no problem with teaching kids not to touch guns. I agree that doing it with the police department is better than doing it through a private program. I think it could be part of a bigger assembly sort of thing with the police department that encompasses the kinds of safety things kids need to know.

It could be a bit like the stop-drop-and-roll drills with the local firefighters that we used to have once a year in school, which we all loved and which stuck with me.
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:41 PM   #30
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As long as it is not a pro-gun advocacy charade, but rather a "don't touch, don't play, always assume it's loaded, find an adult" class, I think it makes a lot of sense.
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