Well, this story is certainly a welcome surprise amidst a sea of other stories about zero tolerance and other public school nonsense.
It looks like a public school in Pueblo County, CO took a group of middle school students on a field trip to a local shooting range. Once there they got live fire instruction from an Appleseed instructor (great program, attend one of their shoots if you can)!
Students were generally excited about the chance to shoot. According toKRDO,
“I’m very excited, today we’re going to come out here on the gun range and shoot a little bit. The past week we’ve learned about the revolutionary war,” said Jonah Statezny, a Craver middle school student.
“My favorite part is shooting guns. When I was little we used to go to the shooting range,” said another student, Danielle Cooper.
Isn’t it amazing how firearms become a source of enjoyment instead of fear with just a little bit of proper instruction?
It also sounds like school officials were encouraged by the experience. Also from KRDO,
“Often firearms and schools don’t mix. There’s a big fear there. So we are pushing the safety aspect and hopefully ease some people’s fears,” said Timothy Baird, with the Craver Middle School
“Personally I think it’s a great step forward,” said Baird.
Here is some info about Project Appleseed from their website,
Project Appleseed is an activity of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to teaching every American our shared heritage and history as well as traditional rifle marksmanship skills. Our volunteer instructors travel across the country teaching those who attend about the difficult choices, the heroic actions, and the sacrifices that the Founders made on behalf of modern Americans, all of whom are their posterity.
Our heritage program vividly portrays the Battles of Lexington and Concord with the kind of care and immediacy that is absent from most formal schooling. Modern listeners are confronted with the danger, the fear, and the heartbreaking separations that arose out of the choices made on April 19th, 1775. They are also reminded of the marksmanship skills and masterful organization that ultimately helped set the colonists on the path to success. Those who attend gain a better understanding of the fundamental choices faced by our ancestors as they began to set the stage for the nation we now enjoy.