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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Hunters' Education in WV Comment
    Gregory Morris, 1/31/08 12:14:43 pm
    A lot of other folks have picked up on this article.
    First thought:
    In the face of national concern about school violence, the presence of even disabled guns in school could seem incongruous...
    That is not a Brady Campaign quote, it is actually the reporter's voice. Pure unadulterated PSH, that is. Guns do not equal violence folks, and that goes doubly so for disabled guns! It amazes me that "school violence" would even be mentioned in an article about teaching children about safety.

    Actually, the Brady Campaign is officially "OK" with this.
    ...the organization has no problem with supervised training programs.
    Not a new tactic here folks. Using their right hand to pretend to be OK with hunting, while using their left hand to take away the hunter's gun is right up their alley.
    "We let TV babysit our children," Bailey said. "This is a way to teach them there's a real consequence every time you pull a trigger."
    Wow, we agree on something. Amazing. I would have thought the BC would prefer keeping Our Precious Children away from the evil mind control rays emitted by murderous bullet hoses.

    As an aside, being from WV, I can comment on the culture there. First of all, almost all High Schools offer hunters education now. In some schools, it is assumed that you will take the course, and just about everyone does. In addition, the first day of deer season is a state-wide de facto holiday. Many offices and schools close entirely.

    I like the idea of starting the course earlier (in middle school), and making it more available to everyone. The sport of hunting is still healthy in the Mountain State, it is imperative they do everything they can to encourage youth to join in.

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    Re: Hunters\' Education in WV
    Bethany Morris, 1/31/08 9:27:48 pm
    As a girl growing up in WV you'd think I would have been well versed in guns at a young age. Well I wasn't. I grew up in the um..."suburbs??" The richer part of town. We weren't exactly kids of hunters and shooters. Yet, in 7th grade at my middle school every kid was required to take hunters education class. We weren't sure why we needed to know this info but we had to take it any way. It was taught by the male gym teacher who looked straight out of the 70s. We were taught gun laws, safety tips, how much blaze orange you must wear if us preppy girls decided to go deer hunting. (Seriously, blaze orange clashes with everything. maybe that's the point...) Any way I looked at it like any other class and studied hard and even manage to score 100% on the test and get my hunters ed. card. Only one small mishap. The teacher told me i passed the written test, but the practical load the fake gun test was a bit of a problem. He said I would have killed the whole class waving the gun around like i did. Can you imagine a teacher saying something like that today! Didn't think I'd ever need that info after the class, but looking back I'm glad they made handing guns and gun safety something to teach at a young age even to kids that they figured would never pick up a gun again ever. Well, I showed him wrong. As most of you say safety training can never harm anyone ever. It can only help.
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