A Nurse with a Gun

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Gun Safety Class

LIFE Magazine, March 1956. An Indiana grammar school class in gun safety for children.

A cringing class is holding its breath and ears as Officer Rod Rankin aims a 30-30 rifle at can of water in a demonstration to impress kids with the destructive power of guns. ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

In the same magazine article, Officer Rankin is shown holding his open revolver before a wide eyed class of boys as he teaches gun safety in the classroom.
There is no self absorbed DEA agent, no Glock Foeties, no negligent discharges, no danger and no apologies. Instead there is learning, understanding, appreciation, and respect. Officer Rod Rankin is simply an officer of the law doing his job to serve and protect his community.

What have we become in the past fifty-two years? The world is so different now. It did not have to change. We can take it back. Protect a person today by teaching them about guns. Hands on. Safely. Effectively. Make no apologies.

I'm off to the range.

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Anonymous Joe in Memphis said...

Amen, and thank you, sir.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Sterno said...

It's easier said than done (which I know you know), but I try.

Every chance I get I try to open minds and eyes.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Rush baby said...

And those kids aren't even scared shitless, they're DROOLING in joy.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Keith Walker said...

I did just that today.

10:28 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Looks like fun and good learning. - is that a 30-30 or a .22. Some of those kids don't have their ears covered - probably used to it on the farm.

6:05 AM  
Blogger curtis said...

Shame ya'll can't do the water bottle demo anymore, due to liability and urban crowding. I think its better to show kids things then just tell them.

That being said, I bet some kids might learn a lot from a used piece of ballistics gelatin showing a bullets' wound channel. Another good one might be a video from box o' truth showing just how many walls a pistol round is able to punch through.

6:15 AM  

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