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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bill would create gun training class for high schoolers. Good idea?

I don't like the reason the bill's sponsor gave about why he wants to push this idea.

He believes the more guns we have, the safer we'll be. Though the research on the topic is incomplete and not as comprehensive as it needs to be - in large part because of the influence of the NRA and their allies in Congress - there is enough that strongly suggests he has it exactly backwards, that where there are more guns, there are more suicides and homicides.

Having said that, I'm not reflexively against the idea of a gun training course. I'm still processing that part. But given all of the other stresses and deadlines and tests in the academic world, should such a course be made a priority, or is it even necessary? 

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