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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    This Isn't In The Newspaper (Yet) Comment
    Gregory Morris, 10/22/07 8:36:10 am
    I just got an SMS from my friend who I recently took to the range for the first time. Since then we have gone a few more times and she's loving it. Anyway, she's a teacher at a school here in Florida. She is also one of the "Senior Project" coordinators at this school. Here is the message I got:
    "Thought you might find this interesting... there is a student who wants to do her senior project on gun safety... she wants to do a video of herself demonstrating proper procedures... she has her father's permission and the principal has signed off on it. The other coordinator doesn't want to approve it because it would be easy for her to get hurt then it would be a liability for the school. I am lobbying. You should be proud."


    I am proud :) See how quickly a curious hoplophobe can turn into an advocate for real common sense? (BTW, I've decided to co-opt the Brady's favorite term.) Take someone to the range today! In a month, they may be standing by your side defending our rights.

    Clearly, common sense would suggest that a senior project/report regarding gun safety is not a bad thing. We're not even talking about a political issue here... just safety. If she wanted to do a project about coal mine safety, and visit a coal mine, I bet the teacher would be fine with it. It is kinda sad that certain teachers and administrators fear "liability" more than they value education on very important topics. I still say gun safety should be taught in every school across the country. Regardless of how much you like or dislike guns, they exist and you might as well understand how to safely handle them. Sticking your fingers in your ears and humming "LA LA LA" isn't nearly as effective as proper training.

    This girl wants to do her senior project on something she finds interesting and important... why not let her do it? She has a greater chance of drowning, getting hit by lightning, or being eaten by a shark than hurting herself while demonstrating FIREARM SAFETY.

    Update: I offered to take the other (scared-of-liability) coordinator to the range for a hands-on demonstration of firearm safety. We'll see if there is any interest there.

    [Comments are closed after a month.]

    Re: This Isn\'t In The Newspaper (Yet)
    Robb Allen, 10/22/07 10:48:15 am
    Please, let me know when that date is. I'm in the process of taking someone from work out on my dime (funny how that's an easy way to get someone to the range!) to show him that shooting can be recreational.
    Re: This Isn\'t In The Newspaper (Yet)
    Gregory Morris, 10/22/07 10:58:33 am
    I have no idea what the circumstances are other than what I was told in the email. But I'll follow up on it. My teacher friend did mention that she had another co-worker who would be interested in a trip to the range.

    My office isn't particularly good hunting grounds for converts since most of my co-workers are ex-military.
    Re: This Isn\'t In The Newspaper (Yet)
    name, 10/22/07 2:25:21 pm
    Good grief. How is the same coordinator on football practice? Shop class? Tennis team? Swim team? The shooting sports make those blood-drenched activities look like the carnage producing environments they really are.
    Re: This Isn\'t In The Newspaper (Yet)
    Gregory Morris, 10/22/07 2:53:15 pm
    Well, I guess the major thing is that students and parents sign waivers for sports/etc. There is no waiver for "senior projects". But, I _hope_ that with the father's permission and the principal's permission, there should be no question about this being approved.
    Re: This Isn\'t In The Newspaper (Yet)
    Robb Allen, 10/22/07 6:43:45 pm
    I'd like to know more about the project. Give it a little web exposure if we can.
    Re: This Isn\'t In The Newspaper (Yet)
    Gregory Morris, 10/22/07 7:23:49 pm
    I'll ask her about it next time I talk to her. I bet lots of people would love to offer her assistance... although I'm guessing her dad has things taken care of. But if she does a video, I'd love to get that online.
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