Students need gun training

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, December 16, 2002

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Patty Owen states, in a Dec. 11 letter to the editor, "hunter education is not an essential outdoor survival skill." What? Do we really want dim-witted hunters out there accidentally pumping each other full of lead because they weren't educated about safety? Does she really believe that the less kids know about guns, the safer they will handle guns? I didn't think so. How would Ms. Owen's "seven other essential steps" to outdoor survival stop a charging bear? With rocks? By outrunning him? By taking away his credit card?

The rest of Ms. Owen's letter is an attack on gun owners' rights and their advocates. She "questions the motives" of those who want the school to teach gun safety, but doesn't say why or how. If middle school children know where their parent's gun is, in the event of a robbery, that child might be inclined to take the gun and shoot the robber. This does happen, but it's so rare because bleeding heart liberals want to take away our guns. If you really want the guns away from your children, put a lock on it. If you keep the key on your key chain, your kid won't get into your guns.

If we had more guns in America, the result would be less crime, because teenagers would know where their parents kept their guns and could fight invaders. What if at Columbine High School, a teacher would have had a gun and could have shot the killers? What if one of the pilots on one of the Sept. 11 aircrafts would have been carrying a gun and could have shot the hijackers?

I applaud Floyd Dryden Middle School for its safety lesson and I hope that each one of those children took the lessons to heart. I urge the school district to bring this program to Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School and Juneau-Douglas High School in order to ensure the safety of our future generations.

Jeremiah Crockroft

Eighth-grader, Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School

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