When ever there is a tragic firearms incident in this Nation I feel like the news media are always one step away from saying, "Guns should only be in the possession of the police." Don't kid yourself, that is exactly what many people on the fringe believe. But why would they say something like that? Do they belief that the only people that know how to handle a firearm safely are the police? Which isn't true: example one and example two. So where does this knowledge of safe firearms handling come from for the common person?
Most people learn firearms safety from their parents or from a hunter's safety course that their responsible parents have sent them too. While others may seek out a professional firearms training class once they are older. But why aren't our children receiving a formal firearms safety class at a young age? Our young children are exposed to sex and drug education at an early age, but firearm instruction is out of the question? When groups like the Violence Policy Center and the Brady Campaign scream bloody murder at the top of their lungs when ever a child is injured by a gun, but detest the NRA's Eddie Eagle Safety Program which teaches young children to do the following:
- Don't Touch
- Leave the area
- Tell an adult
Why aren't we introducing children to safe firearms handling in school, right next to the drugs and sex? Let's take away that 'forbidden fruit' from children who aren't introduced to firearms by their parents.