Letters to the Editor

Teaching gun safety in schools would save lives

In this Oct. 9, 2015 photo, Michael Johnson wears a firearm as he waits outside of Roseburg Municipal Airport for President Barack Obama's arrival in Roseburg, Ore.
In this Oct. 9, 2015 photo, Michael Johnson wears a firearm as he waits outside of Roseburg Municipal Airport for President Barack Obama's arrival in Roseburg, Ore. AP

While the gun-control debate again sucks all of the wind out of the room, real and practical solutions are drowned out.

The calls for gun control came out faster than bandages in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting. The reaction has become immediate, rehearsed and loud, and like the rest of today’s political discussions, it has become personal and insulting. “If you don’t agree, you don’t have common sense, or you don’t care.”

When can we have a real discussion?

There is one easy step that can be taken that would have lasting effects on gun safety. It is the same step we as a society took when we realized the danger of the automobile. Interestingly enough, there is already in place a gun safety course proven to save lives (www.hunter-ed.com/california). With guns being such a big part of our culture, enshrined in our Constitution, why isn’t gun safety taught in our public schools?

Topics include the safe handling of firearms, how to safely unload a firearm and safe storage of firearms and ammunition. Accidental shootings and suicides could be drastically reduced.

I challenge the “common sense gun control” crowd. Are you ready to save lives? Or would mandatory gun safety education interfere with the agenda?

Chris Temple, Atascadero

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