Craver Middle School in Colorado City, Colorado is taking a different approach to gun safety by bringing guns into the classroom and providing a hands-on three-day safety program for its students:
[Jim] Heath, a state coordinator of Project Appleseed, brought the three day program to Craver Middle School. The course aims to teach people across the country how to fire weapons accurately and safely, with a foundation of American history.
“I think that it’s better for them to have a respect for it [and] know how to handle it,” Heath said. “Not that they should, but that they are aware about the firearm. It’s not, ‘Oh, what’s this? What can we do with this?'”
Many students like 8th grader Courtney Proctor already had experience. “I feel OK, because I’ve been shooting a lot when I was younger with my parents,” she said.
Volunteers from Project Appleseed and the NRA worked with the students to eliminate the element of fear associated with guns. It’s the group’s third consecutive year bringing the program to Craver Middle School.
It’s been proven that children who are taught about guns from a young age know not to play with firearms. Craver 7th grader Tristin Baker put it best:
“You should never be afraid of a gun, never, ever,” Baker said. “You should have confidence around the guns, you should say, ‘this is a gun, we’ve gotta be careful with this.’ Even though we should never trust guns, we should always be careful with them.”
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