Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

30 Oct
Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Last week in Juneau Alaska, about 200 sixth graders headed to the firing range to learn about firearms.  Floyd Dryden Middle school runs a program that teaches the kids how to safely handle and shoot rifles, as well as hunting ethics, conservation and management, navigation and other outdoor skills.

But don’t misunderstand, just as the Second Amendment isn’t about hunting, neither is this program.  Program Director Ken Coate stresses:

“We aren’t here to create little hunters. We’re here to teach firearm safety, firearm handling, how to treat a firearm with respect, how to keep a kid from getting in trouble with a firearm — and everything else is a side benefit.”

A side benefit.  Meaning that the most important thing and the primary purpose of this program is to instill respect for and knowledge of firearms.  I have always been a proponent of educational programs such as this so that children realize that guns in real life hold very little in common with the dramatized fiction of the movies.

With this knowledge a couple of things happen.  First, the seriousness of the matter sinks in so children understand that guns are not toys.  Secondly, the mystery around guns is removed so kids won’t be as tempted to seek them out in a home that has one.  Thirdly, if you acclimate a child in their youth with guns there is less of a likelihood that they will grow up with that irrational fear and hatred that spawns gun control zealots.

To the earlier points, the Principal of Floyd Dryden, Tom Milliron, wrote a letter to the parents of the children before the program saying:

“Students who live in homes without firearms are often exposed to firearms in their friends’ homes. They need to understand safe and appropriate behavior in these situations.”

Now, for any parent who vehemently objects, their child does not have to participate, but my question is, why would you want to hurt your child?  This is a fantastic program which teaches your child invaluable knowledge and may actually save their life.  Are anti gun zealots so conceited that they would sacrifice their children in order to maintain their own misguided self righteousness?

I don’t think any of the Alaskan parents actually objected to the program.  The previous paragraph was directed more to the other places in this country where they not only lack this program but hell would literally have to freeze over before it was allowed in their schools.  I’m thinking firstly of New York City and other North Eastern dens of gun bias.  His Mayor-ness Bloomberg’s brain would most likely explode if someone would suggest such a program in his fiefdom.  When you have as much hate in your heart as Mayor Bloomberg does then little things like sacrificing children to promote your own agenda is of little consequence.

This is the kind of program that should be everywhere in America.  Instead of having a tragedy befall a family because a kid thinks a gun is a toy or doesn’t have the proper respect for a firearm, why don’t we educate them so we avoid a tragedy in the first place?


Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


11 responses to “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

  1. Eunice

    October 30, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Great program & idea. I only see one thing lacking and that is teaching respect for human life which has been greatly diminished over the years, especially in view of the fact we kill 1.5 million unborn babies per year with abortion.

    • nate

      October 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      couldnt agree more!!

  2. GeeOhPeeved

    October 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Glad at least one school has a program like this. You single out NYC, but I think it’d be an even tougher sell in the Chicago area, near me.

    If/when I have children, I fully intend to teach them firearm safety and weapons handling. Heh, longterm goal is to put a range on my (yet to be aquired) property, and insist on a certain amount of marksmanship training per week, in addition to chores, to earn allowance.

    My future children may or may not choose to own guns when they’re adults, but they’ll damn sure know how to use one.

  3. Gregg Sheehan

    October 31, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    “His Mayor-ness”? Have you got a gender bias? Do you somehow equate women with being anti-gun? Are you using the female sex to cast a slur on this mayor you are talking about?

    • Trevor

      November 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      To Gregg if you would read the entire article then you would realize that he is not talking about women at all. Instead he is mocking Bloomberg because of the way he creates these ridiculous laws.

      • Tony Oliva

        November 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

        Yeah Gregg, im not sure what kind of straws you are reaching for. His Mayor-ness is a play off of his highness. A indictment on how Bloomberg views his office and how he runs his city. Vis a vis he’s a tyrant who thinks himself a king and runs NYC like his own personal fiefdom.

        Whatever you found sexist or a slur seems to be more of a reflection on you just looking for something.

      • Gregg Sheehan

        November 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        Yes, apologies folks. I guess you are probably right. I wasn’t looking for something though. I just saw the mocking and equated the “ess” with feminizing it. I guess the only person who really knows is the writer. That was why I was asking the questions. I’ll go with benefit of the doubt now. However I don’t apologise for jumping on sexism when I perceive it. Cheers, Gregg.

    • Daniel Axtman

      November 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      pretty sure in this case the “-ness” is used in the same context as when applied to royalty [highness]

  4. Greg

    November 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Excellent program. If you don’t think so, try reading the article and replacing the subject with “pool safety.”


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