Republican Priorities in Idaho: GUNS!
As we know, Republican priorities are strange things. Idaho Rep. Ron Nate believes that his state, ranked 48th in education, should make gun safety classes a priority.
Idaho Ed News reports:
“Safety and prevention are always a priority,” Nate said. “In an era where gun ownership is increasing, we do see in the news more and more cases of active shooter situations and incidental accidents with firearms. It is a responsibility of ours to educate children as best we can for firearms and firearm safety.” Nate’s bill states “trustees may adopt an elective course of instruction developed by the Department of Fish and Game, a law enforcement agency or a firearms association as its firearms safety education course.”
One interesting aspect of the bill: The above listed instruction meets the state’s requirements for a concealed carry permit:
(9) The sheriff may require the applicant to demonstrate familiarity with a firearm and must accept any one (1) of the following as evidence of the applicant’s familiarity with a firearm:
(a) Completion of any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the department of fish and game or a similar agency of another state;
(b) Completion of any national rifle association firearms safety or training course…
(c) Completion of any firearms safety or training course… available to the general public offered by a law enforcement agency… or public institution… utilizing instructors certified by the national rifle association or the Idaho state police…
So taxpayers, gun supporters or not, will foot the bill to groom students for concealed carry, as well as firearms use.
Gun Proficient But Under-Educated
Does Idaho’s public school system have the money to teach gun safety? Hardly. Maybe they figure it will keep the 52%
of Idaho students who don’t go on to college, from accidentally shooting someone while carrying at their fast food jobs.
Idaho currently ranks 48th
in per-pupil spending. Despite the economy rebounding, the state still spends less on education than it did in 2009:
In addition, Idaho students’ overall proficiency rates for the 2015-2016
school year were:
Is firearms training really the priority for Idaho Republicans?