Missouri bill would mandate NRA-sponsored gun class for all 1st graders

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We all know how Republicans resent any perceived or actual Obama "mandates." They've taken them all the way to the Supreme Court, in fact.

But when it comes to Missouri first graders taking an NRA-sponsored gun safety training course, some in the state Senate say that's hunky dory, and are considering a bill proposing as much. As Think Progress notes, the grant would put a “National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program” instructor in every first grade classroom. 

And whaddya know, that whole "mandates suck" thing went right out the window with Republican Sen. Dan Brown, one of the legislators behind the measure who "hates" mandates. He was against them before he was for them:

Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, told the Senate General Laws Committee Tuesday that his bill was an effort to teach young children what to do if they come across an unsecured weapon. [...]

“I hate mandates as much as anyone, but some concerns and conditions rise to the level of needing a mandate,” Brown said.

Indeed, "some concerns and conditions" do call for them, like, oh I dunno, providing health care for as many Americans as possible?

However, there are even limits to Republican mandates. Check out what the very same legislators refuse to teach.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DW7LHDQQLRH5RQG2AGEXP35QGM Mr. B

    "If you actually knew what you were talking about, you would know that the class basically teaches kids to never touch a gun and get a parent
    if they find one."

    And you need an NRA-sponsored instructor to teach kids that?

  • Alison Verbeck

    They were showing the Eddie Eagle commercial on the news last night.  I'm in St. Louis.  I have to say that I would not be happy if I felt the school was going to train my 6 year old in gun safety.   I'm just glad my children are older, so it won't affect me.  The Eddie Eagle thing was stupid and wasn't going to convince any kid to be more safe with an unsupervised weapon.  What kid do you know who won't touch something they've been told to avoid?  If anything, it will just make them more curious.

  • Kilo Lima

    If you actually knew what you were talking about, you would know that the class basically teaches kids to never touch a gun and get a parent if they find one. That would cut down on accidental shootings.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DW7LHDQQLRH5RQG2AGEXP35QGM Mr. B

    Missouri bill would mandate NRA-sponsored gun class for all 1st graders

    The "three R's" used to be readin', writin', and 'rithmetic.

    Seems the NRA wants to change it to:  revolvers, rounds, and reloading . . .

  • http://www.blondetwit.com/ Blondetwit

    Yes.  Healthcare.  As in being able to get care for that 6 year old when he shoots himself with that unsecured gun.  Or his 8 year old brother.  As the kid carried it to his dad so he could put it away.  Because, you know, the kid knew it was wrong to have it sitting out.  Eddie Eagle told him so.