New law allows schools to teach gun safety to first-graders
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a measure that encourages schools to teach gun safety to first-graders.
July 16th, 2013
07:14 AM ET
5 years ago

New law allows schools to teach gun safety to first-graders

(CNN) - Along with math, science and social studies, gun safety could soon be part of the first-grade curriculum in some Missouri public schools.

A new measure that advocates for such classes for first-graders was signed into law last week. But the idea has prompted worry from some parents and experts about the role and effectiveness of gun safety programs in a classroom setting.


Filed under: Gun rights • Missouri
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  1. Gurgyl

    -but this nation's dire need is Gun-Ban laws. Why we need to teach when we eradicate Guns altogether? Black community needs to be educated too. Yes, it is pertinent.

    July 16, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  2. Guess

    Wow, when are we going to wake up, how many parents honestly want this taught to their six year olds?. here is your sign people, is this really your will, or extremist telling you whats best for you again, stop the madness! we cant afford music classes, but this is priority? whos priority? not mine

    July 16, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  3. Guess

    Simply amazing, the things that happen just boggle the mind. what about jobs? what about doing what the people want instead of the nra, or the koch brothers super pac, women will decide the next election gop, you are in serious doo doo

    July 16, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I'd prefer having our youth learning math and science rather than learning to shoot a firearm. This country's priorities are misguided and heading in a very dangerous direction. I see why our enemies call us infidels.

    July 16, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    This is insane. The only thing a public school should teach a child should be do not touch and listen to your parents.

    July 16, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  6. PJ

    Leave it to the NRA to choose "Eddie Eagle" as a teacher of gun use (safety?) to six year olds, which will
    confuse them with the Bald Eagle, the National symbol of America.
    Way to go, LaPierre.
    Way to go Missouri, "Gateway to the (Wild) West".
    This is beyond stupid, it is dangerous. These little children need to learn from the parents who want to teach
    them, it should not be part of a public school curriculum.

    July 16, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  7. Dixie

    This is a safety procedure that all children need. I personally do not have a gun in my home but I do have family members that do. We have taught the children in our family the same thing from a very early age. All the gun owners in my famly have gun safes and locked areas for those safes but we understand not all gun owners do. This is the reason for giving this lesson.

    July 16, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. onlyfacts

    Something everyone should agree upon – let's build a giant wall from the Great Lakes to the Gulf. Liberals get one side Conservatives the other. That way you conservatives can go on killing each other with you prized guns, you can keep polluting your air and water and pretend its a hoax, you can have your own President, congress, secret ghost hiding somewhere up there, Fox "news" to keep you uninformed..... We will put big fans on the wall blowing your way for any unharmful-pollution we make. We will keep our socialist President who has only improved your financial sitiuation. We will have fair wages and working conditions, you can go on letting corporations cheat you, since you feel they are not. Us Liberals will even pay for the wall, since we are all on welfare, we can afford it!

    July 16, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    If parents want to have their kids taught ideologically driven views about guns, then that should be done at home or in private schools. Some parents do not want their children exposed to a gun culture, and that is their right. Cramming gun culture dogma down the throats of unsuspecting 1st graders is a violation of their parents' rights.

    This is born out of the NRA dogma about stopping a bad guy with a gun, the "Archie Bunker" solution. Such teachings have no place in a public school, much less making it mandatory. If parents do not want their child exposed to guns, then you have no right to force it on them.

    The right wing makes all of these noises about freedom and not wanting government in their lives, but will quickly pass laws to restrict freedom and control how you live your life within limits that the right defines.

    July 16, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. DJ

    Good. I like this idea. Teaching kids gun safety is a good idea because too many kids get their hands on guns and accidentally shoot themselves or others. I very much like this idea, though I don't know if I'd say 1st grade. Maybe a little older, but I'm just glad they're getting taught how to safety use one and what to do if you see one, etc. firearm safety is a must for everyone.

    July 16, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. Guess

    Why not just have shooting practice before classes?

    July 16, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. S.B. Stein

    Really? Is this necessary? I think that if they are going to do anything, it must be stated that a gun is not a toy and is designed to kill because that is what it is for.

    July 16, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  13. Guess

    Absoltue lunacy

    July 16, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |