As of June 30th, 2017, Assembly Bill 427 was introduced via 18 Wisconsin Representatives and 5 State Senators. The legislation is hoping to put firearm education back into high schools across Wisconsin.
According to Bearing Arms, the bill will still face their set of challenges:
“The bill would require the state superintendent of public instruction to work with the Department of Natural Resources, a law enforcement agency, or an organization that specializes in firearms safety to develop a curriculum for a comprehensive firearm education course to be offered as an elective to high school pupils. It would not require any school district to offer the course and would prohibit the presence or use of live ammunition.”
The bill was authored mainly by Representative Ken Skowronski who has been involved in shooting sports since a young age. As trap shooting clubs grew and grew in Wisconsin, Skowronski had the idea of drafting the bill. Skowronski states his idea below:
“What we’re doing is allowing the high schools to offer an elective as a choice. It can be a yearlong, a quarter or a semester. It’s up to the school.”
The drafted bill drew obvious negative attention from most Democrats, but State Rep. Sondy Pope was one of the first who spoke out. Pope believes that students should learn gun safety in other locations because it’s not the “responsibility of the school district.”
Pope goes on to voice her concerns about the bill:
“I know Wisconsin is a hunting state, I grew up in a hunting family, but I think it denotes something completely different, especially with handguns, in an urban setting.”
Pope continued in a way that accidentally advocated for the passing of the legislation:
“I think we are all aware of the proliferation of death and injury because of the accessibility of guns in our society. I don’t see a reason to introduce guns to students in school. I think it’s inappropriate.”
Offering a firearm safety course would almost definitely minimize “the proliferation of death and injury” from our cities and towns. Getting students around guns enough, so they used to them instead of fantasizing about them could be an important step to keeping students out of trouble with guns.
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Credit: Bearing Arms