City Council kills proposal requiring gun lobby’s safety manual be taught to schoolchildren

City Council kills proposal requiring gun lobby’s safety manual be taught to schoolchildren

Members of the Missoula City Council rejected a resolution this week that aimed to support firearm safety in Missoula. The resolution would have directed the council to encourage Missoula schools to give presentations to first to third graders on the Be Safe Curricula produced by the Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA), a pro gun lobby organization. It also would have encouraged students and other interested people to take Hunter Safety, and for Missoula residents to “learn and upgrade” their knowledge on safe firearms storage, possession and usage. Citing concerns over the effectiveness of the firearm safety curriculum and overstepping their power, councilors voted on the resolution 3-9, with only sponsors John Contos, Jesse Ramos and Sandra Vasecka voting for it. “I don’t feel like I am qualified in my elected position to move forward recommendations of particular curriculum,” said council member Stacie Anderson, chair of the Public Safety and Health Committee. “I think there’s a proper process for that. There is commonality here and I do support that commonality. I do want people to be safe around guns. I want them to be locked, and I want children not to have access to guns. I think we can all agree upon that. “I just feel like when we start getting to particular recommendations or a particular curriculum that I don’t feel it comes from a neutral source like the health department.” The curriculum for first to third graders would consist of a brochure hand-out following a brief presentation from […]

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