Moms Demand Action Claim Teaching Gun Safety Is ‘Atrocious’

By AWR Hawkins

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Washington DC – -( Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America deputy director Jennifer Hoppe says news that Forest Hills Elementary School teaches a gun safety course to kindergarteners—then repeats it to those same students again when they are in third grade—is “atrocious” and a “disingenious” way for adults to dodge the responsibility they face for owning guns.

Forest Hills Elementary is located in Sidman, Pennsylvania, and each October they teach an optional course titled, “Gun Shop” to kindergarteners and third graders.

Yahoo News reports that the course is taught by fourth grade teacher Daniel Krestar, who uses NRA Eddie Eagle videos to help show kids what to do if they find a gun. Eddie Eagle is a cartoon character created by the NRA to teach children to, “stop, don’t touch, run away, and tell a grown-up,” if they come across a gun. Krestar couples the Eddie Eagle videos with other videos about “crime awareness” and talks to children about resolving anger in ways that do not involve a weapon—whether that weapon is a gun or a knife or a blunt object.

Krestar stresses that “[the] course isn’t pro-gun or anti-gun.” Rather, it’s one that teaches “kids how to be safe around guns” in Cambria County, where “more than 80 percent of homeowners” own guns.

Moms Demand Action’s Jennifer Hoppe recoiled at the news that Forest Hills was teaching children about gun safety.

She said, “It’s atrocious to put the onus of gun safety onto children — this is an adult problem. Every gun that’s gotten into the hands of a child has first been under the control of an adult. A program that tries to dodge that is disingenuous.”

In a further effort to make her point, Hoppe added, “Accidental gun deaths among children are not ‘accidental,’” suggesting that the focus should be on how they are “preventable” if adults store guns properly.

Ironically, it was just months ago that Huffington Post went comparably apoplectic after gun control proponent Mark Kelly praised the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program for its effectiveness with children. On April 14, Kelly tweeted: “I don’t agree w/ the NRA on some big issues, but they deserve a lot of credit for teaching kids about gun safety [via] Eddie Eagle.”

HuffPo responsed to Kelly thus:

Mark, you may believe that the Eddie Eagle program is a serious and successful effort to spread the word about gun safety, but it’s actually the NRA’s poster child for making everyone believe that the organization represents a positive force in the debate about guns. In fact, we wouldn’t need a gun debate if the NRA hadn’t decided back in the 1980s to abandon a hundred-year tradition of representing hunters and sport shooters, embarking instead on a continuous campaign to become America’s leading civil rights organization by protecting us from gun-grabbing liberals, big-city mayors and anyone else with an interest in having a rational discussion about guns.

Notice—HuffPo takes Kelly to task for admitting there are great results coming out of the gun safety courses for kids, then blames the NRA for the absence of “a rational discussion about guns.”

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  • 6 thoughts on “Moms Demand Action Claim Teaching Gun Safety Is ‘Atrocious’

    1. Safe handling of firearms is common sense . Not teaching kids what to do leads to kids pulling triggers to see what its like, see if it works , see if its like the movies, or worse hate you shot you.

    2. Here you think their wrong ? Them mad mommas are wrong about everything unless you think gun confiscation from law abiding citizens is right !

    3. I am a supporter of Moms Demand Action, but here I think they are wrong. We teach our children all kinds of things like not touching something that is hot, or looking both ways before crossing a street. We teach them these things so that they do not get hurt, so why when we are a nation that has way more guns then cars, would we not teach the children what to do if they encounter a gun. This doesn’t make sense to me. If it keeps a child from being harmed, then it is a good thing no matter where the information came from!

    4. Jennifer Hoppe needs to get an education. The program is putting any onus on the children, rather than making them aware of what they do when they find one. I guess she feels it is wrong to teach the kids to look both ways before crossing the street, as cars and their related accidents are an adult problem too.

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