(LA) Children learn ABCs of shooting guns


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Drizzt
December 29, 2002, 01:16 PM
Children learn ABCs of shooting guns

Michelle Pinkard / The Times
Posted on December 29, 2002

Nearly a dozen children ages 8 to 12 attended a course Saturday morning at the Caddo sheriff's Training Academy to learn the ABCs of shooting.

The First Gun Course is offered this time of year to children who received their first gun for Christmas. The class, which generally lasts several hours, provides basic instructions for children who may never have fired a gun but want to learn how to use one safely. Children are taught about storage, cleaning and shooting. The first part of the course is classroom study. Then children are taken to a shooting range to practice.

The same course will be offered Saturday.

"It's really cool," said L'Anthony Davis, 10, of Shreveport. The fifth-grader learned how to shoot a .22-caliber rifle, a youth model gun cordially called the Cricket. "I learned that all types of guns can kill people and that it's not a toy."

The program started last year but got a boost a couple of months ago when Shreveporter Roy Broughton and Wal-Mart donated roughly $1,000 to purchase guns for the class. Now any child can participate, even if they don't have a gun. However, instructors advise bringing their own guns, including BB and pellet guns or .22-caliber rifles.

"When I was young, my Dad bought me a gun and sat me down for an hour to teach me the dos and don'ts," said Broughton, 68. "So when I heard about this, I just had to do something to help in the message of safety. ... Once you're taught, these lessons really stick with you."

Teaching youths about gun awareness can boost their confidence, he added. "If you want to build a kid's self-esteem, buy them a gun and teach them how to shoot."

Caddo sheriff's Deputy April Wright said the youngsters generally take the lessons taught in order to hunt animals such as squirrels and deer.

"Sometimes people pick up a gun without knowing how to properly use it, and that's why there are so many accidental deaths," Wright said.

Fox News was on hand to videotape the training. The material will be shown on that network at a later date, possibly Monday night, sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick said.

Sheriff's Lt. Kenny Sanders said Saturday's message was about preventing deaths.

"Parents are buying BB guns and similar guns thinking that they are toys when they are, in fact, killing people," he said.

"We can't ban guns, but we can educate people about them. If we prevented a death today, then we were successful," Sanders said. "And at the very least, we have a bunch of kids having fun with their Moms and Dads. With all these smiles, you can see we were very successful."

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2dogs
December 29, 2002, 01:36 PM
So where exactly did the notion of southerners as "dumb" come from"?;)

This is such sound and common sense. Would that the moron's running cities like Phila or Trenton were as responsible as these folks.

I'd move South if it weren't so darned hot and humid all the time.

ruger357
December 29, 2002, 01:50 PM
There should be more programs like that.

sixgun_symphony
January 2, 2003, 03:48 AM
This should be part of the curriculum in every elementary school nationwide.

denfoote
January 2, 2003, 04:14 AM
Maybe there's hope for Gafilonia yet!!! :rolleyes:

PATH
January 2, 2003, 12:34 PM
Sounds like an excellent program. The liberals would never go fo rit because it works against their distorted world view!

4v50 Gary
January 2, 2003, 12:48 PM
Makes sense, which is why they won't allow it in most schools in Lost Angeles or the SF Bay Area.

Master Blaster
January 2, 2003, 12:57 PM
California Common Sense??????????


LA= Louisiana not losangeles

:o

sm
January 2, 2003, 01:08 PM
quote:
"We can't ban guns, but we can educate people about them...."
.........
Louisiana, Good Job Sirs [thumbs up]

LA is also slang for Lower Arkansas

para.2
January 2, 2003, 01:12 PM
"We can't ban guns, but we can educate people about them."


:what: A refreshing point of view to see in the media. Any media.:)

45R
January 2, 2003, 01:20 PM
I am glad to hear that such programs exist LA guys need a pat on the back for a job well done.

Wish CA would wise up and see the light.

Average Guy
January 2, 2003, 03:20 PM
This morning on FOX-11's "Good Day LA" (PRK), I saw the teaser for this story. The images were of deputies coaching kids on the line. The super read "Guns for Tots," and the talking head's lead-in to the story included the phrase, "...although many people feel that guns and kids don't mix" (or something to that effect).

I didn't get to see the actual story (and I can imagine that proud Canadian Jillian Bimberie had something reaaalllly intelligent to say afterward), but my eloquent and articulate analysis started with "Effing morons..." :cuss:

My poor wife. :)

Deuce
January 2, 2003, 03:38 PM
"We can't ban guns, but we can educate people about them."

like saying "We can't ban arithmetic, but we can educate people about it."

Interesting thought process going on there. Kind of like "gun control" where one might presume that guns are something which need controlling.

How about "Many parents still participate in one of America's long-standing traditions of buying their children their first BB gun or .22, and, as a service to our community in an effort to reduce accidents, we are proud to offer this safety program." instead.

As far as I'm concerned, it's this sort of "language" which perpetuates the idea that guns are something that "should" be banned.

Other than that, I think the program is excellent.

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