“I Remember”


I remember when high schools had marksmanship teams and had had firearms safety training.

The high school teams used air-rifles – probably 17-20+ caliber long and short guns.

Not a single kid so involved ever shot anyone – in school or out – without being sworn officer of the law or a sworn member of our nation’s military in a combat zone.

And a friend of mine makes a snarky comment about high schools offering (and well done, by the way, but if only for firearm wounds too limiting in my opinion) gunshot wound treatment classes.

That’s all well and good.  But linking such learning to men and women, boys and girls needing “their toys” to accidental or deliberate gunshot wounds is too far beneath their reach, methinks.  Solid first aid – and to include trauma! – training at every level of private, parochial or public (government) school) long should have been mandatory in every state, territory or possession of The United States of America.

But to draw by implication the gun is at fault behind the gun lover for the need to have such trauma teaching is absurd.  What about knives, rocks, sticks, fists and feet: they harm more and kill more than you might expect.  Self defense and self-administering trauma first aid sounds fine to me.

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