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    Re: Should firearm use and safety be a required subject in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I wouldn't have a problem with it in a rural area where people are likely to use guns...but as a general policy, I'd say no. There wouldn't really be much use for such a course in the heart of a big city, where people don't typically grow up using guns on a regular basis.
    The most likely people to negligently discharge a firearm are ignorant little urbanites/suburbanites who mimic action movies.

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    Re: Should firearm use and safety be a required subject in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I don't know if you can make it required, but I do think it would be good to offer the class.
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    Re: Should firearm use and safety be a required subject in school?

    Yes, it should be offered as a class in school, and you shouldn't be allowed to buy a gun unles you've passed.
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    Re: Should firearm use and safety be a required subject in school?

    Why not make it required? The gross amount of time spent on educating people about firearm safety would be like five hours, if that.

    Here's the core curriculum:

    1. Treat every weapon as if it were loaded.
    2. Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot.
    3. Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
    4. Keep the weapon on safe until you intend to fire.
    5. Know your target and what's behind it.

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    Re: Should firearm use and safety be a required subject in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    Why not make it required?
    Moral issues. There are people who think that guns are evil and wrong and that nobody should be trained to use them, their children included. You can disagree with them, but the fact is that they are entitled to their opinion, and the school has no place trying to usurp it.

    Same reason why sex ed usually isn't required until later years, if at all.

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    Re: Should firearm use and safety be a required subject in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Moral issues. There are people who think that guns are evil and wrong and that nobody should be trained to use them, their children included. You can disagree with them, but the fact is that they are entitled to their opinion, and the school has no place trying to usurp it.

    Same reason why sex ed usually isn't required until later years, if at all.
    True enough. Sad state of affairs.

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    Re: Should firearm use and safety be a required subject in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Moral issues. There are people who think that guns are evil and wrong and that nobody should be trained to use them, their children included. You can disagree with them, but the fact is that they are entitled to their opinion, and the school has no place trying to usurp it.

    Same reason why sex ed usually isn't required until later years, if at all.
    So, make it mandatory, but with exceptions for such cases.
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    Re: Should firearm use and safety be a required subject in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    So, make it mandatory, but with exceptions for such cases.
    Actually, that is what many districts do with sex ed. The default is, you take it...unless your parents sign a paper saying they will not allow it, in which case you're stuck in study hall or something during the class.

    I have forgotten whether it was Goobie or Scarecrow that brought it up... we make sex ed mandatory or "standard" part of education, because of the risks that ignorance brings... why not apply the same standard to firearms education?

    The far right doesn't want sex-ed, the far left doesn't want gun-ed. Both address societal health and safety concerns.

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    Re: Should firearm use and safety be a required subject in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    Yes, it should be offered as a class in school, and you shouldn't be allowed to buy a gun unles you've passed.
    I disagree with that part. You do not need to ask the government permission to exercise rights.
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    Re: Should firearm use and safety be a required subject in school?

    Originally Posted by molten_dragon
    Yes, it should be offered as a class in school, and you shouldn't be allowed to buy a gun unles you've passed.
    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I disagree with that part. You do not need to ask the government permission to exercise rights.

    In theory, I wouldn't mind too much, requiring someone to pass a class or exam on basic firearms safety and/or marksmanship before they were allowed to independently possess firearms. Educated/trained and safe gun owners are clearly a benefit to society.

    In practice, the problem is this: once you allow gov't to set the standards under which you may exercise a right, gov't is free to raise the bar irrationally high until no one (or at least, no one without "friends in high places") can pass the standard... and the right becomes an unattainable privilege. We've seen how this works with some states having "discretionary issue" concealed-carry licenses...and it being nearly impossible to get one unless you play golf with someone named Kennedy.

    On the whole, thumbs down to the idea.
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