Your Opinion: Teaching gun safety

Dear Editor:

Considering the alarming number of inhome shooting accidents, gun safety education for first-graders (and older students as well) sounds like a good idea. Some gun owners are careless with their weapons, some children from gun-free homes may not understand the danger, and all children are curious.

I’m sure the NRA’s program mentioned in the article is excellent, but why should we acquire teaching materials from an outside (and controversial) source?

I think it would be more appropriate for school personnel to create their own lesson plan. How hard would it be to explain that guns are dangerous, should not be touched, and should be reported to an adult?

On a related issue, it has been proposed that parents and guardians be required to inform schools if they have guns in the home. This is beyond intrusive! Would this even be legal? Would the resulting figures really be accurate and reliable? And exactly how would this information be used?

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