Guns are never good in the wrong hands, and the wrong hands most certainly include middle-school aged kids. Has Colorado forgotten about one of the most tragic school shootings in American history?
Apparently the Columbine tragedy is a thing of the past for this Pueblo County middle school that sent their students to a shooting range for a field trip this week to “push safety”. Putting a weapon in a child’s hands and then teaching them how to use it screams the opposite of safety.
The television station KRDO interviewed Timothy Baird, a teacher at Craver Middle School in Colorado City, about the field trip. He tried to validate the field trip by saying, “There’s a big fear there. So we are pushing the safety aspect and hopefully ease some people’s fears.”
Elizabeth Blackwood of Appleseed, a non-profit organization that helped with the field trip, told the television station:
[box type=”shadow”]“We’ve never been allowed to bring actual real firearms into a school until this week. This is a very big deal. We had them touching fire arms, holding them, and learning about how to handle them safely.”[/box]
Blackwood is right, this is a very big deal: teaching children how to operate and use weapons and taking those weapons into the school gives them the idea that this is acceptable behavior. One student showed his excitement about this trip by saying, “I’m very excited, today we’re going to come out here on the gun range and shoot a little bit. The past week we’ve learned about the revolutionary war.”
Appleseed let these students use real ammo and real firearms, which completely goes against all efforts to keep weapons and violence out of schools. Instead of fighting against it, this Colorado school is encouraging it.
Watch the video here: