By Tom Knighton
Gun control advocates often complain that people who own guns are often untrained, that there’s no requirement people learn how to use a gun safely before getting one. This is especially true when you start talking about concealed carry. While some states require people to go through a training class before getting a permit, many others have no such requirement.
But one thing we all tend to agree on is that people should get training. Where we disagree is whether it should be mandatory.
I’ve tended to take a different approach, and that’s the idea of firearm education being part of the public school curriculum. If you’re attending a public school, you should be taught at least something about handling a firearm safely. After all, don’t we teach kids about free speech, voting, and how to exercise many other rights? Why should guns be different?
A recent editorial from Salem, Oregon seems to think it’s time to discuss just such a thing.
Gun-rights advocates last week filed an initiative petition to make firearms-safety instruction mandatory in all sixth-grade public schools in Oregon.
Condemnation was swift among those convinced that such a requirement was tantamount to endorsing gun use. Maybe it is.
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Source:: Bearing Arms