Liberals say that one reason for banning firearms is because of the accidents that happen every year involving them. We know that some education can cut those numbers astronomically.
And one state is taking the steps to do just that.
A new piece of legislation introduced in North Carolina will give high school students one more class to take: firearms education.
House Bill 612, filed this week by Representative Jay Adams, would give the state room to develop a firearms education course and allow the class, which would include “firearms safety education as recommend by law enforcement agencies or a firearms association”, to be offered as an elective to high school students.
The course, which would be developed by the North Carolina Board of Education, would not allow live ammunition in the classroom and would also cover the history and mechanics of firearms with a firm emphasis on the importance of gun safety.
This class would have something for everyone. Each student likes a certain subject, this class would not only cover safety but also teach students about the math, history and science of guns.
That’s a a lot of subjects in one class. It should keep students pretty engaged.
The bill seems to be getting a lot of positive feedback.
“I think education, first and foremost, is essential, before actually obtaining a firearm,” Allen Shaw said.
“If they have the opportunity to buy, they should have the opportunity to be educated. We’ve got too many people out there right now that are wanting to buy guns that don’t have any background with them.”
“Gives the kids a chance to learn how to work them,” said Danny Davis.
“It would be a very beneficial course,” said Tres Cobb, a gun owner and full supporter of the bill.
Of course, this hasn’t come without criticism from individuals who feel the course would encourage students to become shooters…
“I don’t even see the point in that,” Jenny Rorie said. “I don’t think they should, there’s enough violence going on without them doing that.”
“I think it would hurt and help. It’s kind of like a catch-22,” said Tanica Wilkerson.
“I think high school is a little early. I think some of those kids are not ready for that type of environment, to be exposed to something like that. I don’t feel like they’re mature enough.”
Under federal law, citizens under the age of 21 can’t purchase handguns, but 18 year-olds can purchase shotguns or rifles. These are the types of guns that would be part of the proposed high school course.
The bill says live ammunition won’t be allowed in class, but it doesn’t say whether guns can be present.
While adults argue over this bill, 6-year-old Evelyn had some of the best insight:
“If you see someone around you with a gun, you need to know how to handle it.”
Her parents did not give their opinion on the bill but did say teaching kids how to properly handle a firearm was an important lesson.
The bill has passed its first reading in the house. It’s now on its way to the House Committee on Education for debate.
If passed, it will take effect at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.