Mommyish Poll: Should Schools Teach Gun Safety To Kids?

Virginia’s Board of Education may give local districts the go ahead to start teaching gun safety in public elementary schools.

According to the Huffington Post:

The curriculum includes lessons ranging from distinguishing those who use guns professionally to recognizing and catching firearms on school property…Individual districts will be able to decide whether to adopt the curriculum.

The curriculum will be designed by the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program, using workbooks and videos. No actual firearms are used during instruction. The program has this to say on their website regarding the curriculum:

“The purpose of the Eddie Eagle Program isn’t to teach whether guns are good or bad, but rather to promote the protection and safety of children. The program makes no value judgments about firearms…”

Still, some parents don’t like the idea of firearms being discussed in the classroom and consider the instruction of gun safety to belong strictly in the home. Lori Haas, spokesperson for the Virginia Center for Public Safety and mother to a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, told last April:

 “I personally don’t think firearm safety has a place in the schools. That’s up to the parents to teach that at home…For the General Assembly and governor to dictate to the Board of Education in writing curriculum is not their area.”

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What do you think?

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