So far this year Virginia has been a hotbed of anti-second amendment sentiment. The governor has launched a multi-faceted agenda that aims in stripping the rights of law-abiding citizens, but not all of the state supports the moves. One county school board, in particular, has approved a program to teach kids gun and hunting safety.
According to the National File, the school board of Culpeper County, Virginia has voted unanimously to offer a free, after-school firearm and hunter safety program to middle school students.
The safety program will be administered by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. They will also be providing licensed instructors for the course all at no charge.
According to the school board, the students enrolled in the course will learn the basics surrounding the safe handling of firearms and also become familiar with conservation efforts taken on by hunters and other outdoorsmen.
School Board member Marshall Keene, who also serves as a school resource officer and introduced the idea to the board, also wants to launch an NRA-sponsored firearms safety course as well.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for kids to learn … the safe handling of firearms,” Keene said. “We live in a rural community, where a million people own firearms…If early education programs save one life, that’s enough.”
It is good to see that at least one county is doing the right thing and educating its kids about firearms instead of trying to ban them. Hopefully, this idea will spread to other school systems not only across Virginia but the rest of the country as well.