Kansas kids have better gun-safety training options than ‘dumb, dated and redundant’ NRA marketing

Kansas kids have better gun-safety training options than ‘dumb, dated and redundant’ NRA marketing

Comedian Samantha Bee embraces an actor in an Eddie Eagle suit in a 2016 episode of "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee." (Screen capture from YouTube) The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. C. Malcolm Ellsworth’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Christian Science Monitor and numerous literary journals. She lives in Eudora. Kansas dodged a bullet: There won’t be a law requiring all public school students under the age of 12 to submit to NRA indoctrination. House Bill 2089 , passed by the legislature but vetoed by the Governor, would have accomplished just that, codifying the NRA Eddie Eagle GunSafe accident prevention program into our state’s elementary school curriculum. I grew up in rural America, the cradle of this county’s gun culture. If not a chicken in every pot, at least a rifle in every house. The first day of pheasant season so many of my classmates would be absent it felt like a national holiday. Sometimes my father would let young men, farm boys back from Vietnam, hunt in our wintering fields; they’d return with rabbits, field-dressed and peppered with buckshot, which my mother soaked and cleaned in a sink filled with saltwater. My father taught all of his daughters how to shoot with the Luger he’d brought back from his own war, the one he seldom spoke of. He kept several pistols in […]

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