As I listen to the politicans on both sides of the aisle talk about strict gun control, I have heard everything from triple the price of ammunition to banning all guns.
How about cars? They kill people, and how about 4 wheelers, dirt bikes, knives, tractors, crossbows, horses, swimming pools?
Looking back through history, all these things at one time or another has been used to commit a crime. You can't ban everything that causes harm. We would have to move into a feather factory.
I have yet to hear a single politician bring up the idea of programs to teach our children about the safety of firearms. We have drivers education, swimming instructors, 4 wheeler instructors, people who teach you how to ride a horse, but when firearms come up, we close down all the shooting programs and hide the guns in a closet.
Our 4-H shooting program here in Georgia has about 700 kids in the bb program, 900 in shotgun, over 100 in 22 rifle.
The first thing they must do is be tested on the safety of these guns. It’s called “project safe,” and that’s what it teaches — safety and respect first. Shooting is the last thing.
I have coached shooting sports in Wilcox County 4-H for nine years, and I am proud to say all our kids who came through the program have gone on to be outstanding young people.
I try to keep up with most of them, and it makes me proud to hear some of them say, “you taught me that as my bb coach.”
We teach more than just gun safety. We teach them how to be a good role model for our younger kids.
I hope we can let God out of the closet and bring him back to the head of the class in our schools, and teach our little children while they are still too young to know the meaning of the word hate.
Let’s open back up the safety courses on guns. Several states have shut down their safety shooting programs in 4-H, and they have the some of the highest crime rates in the country.
Seizure of AP records insult to independent press
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Eyewitness gives account of Boston Marathon bombings
BOSTON, MA — Rushing to the streets to help runners, my eyes stared vacantly in disbelief. Is this actually happening today at The Boston Marathon?
Letter to the editor:
I recently learned that an employee working for the Dooly County School System was discharged from the military because of a “personality disorder.”
Life, liberty, and…..abuse?
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, which is a heavy burden to put on April, which is already working to promote awareness for cancer, severe weather, autism, parkinson’s disease, sexual assault, stress, sexually transmitted diseases, alcohol, and includes a ‘special’ week for volunteers.
What should have happened in the legislature during 2013
(Editor’s Note: David Pennington’s synopsis of the recent legislative session appeared in the Thursday, April 11 Cordele Dispatch. What follows is his opinion about what should have happened while the Georgia representatives and senators were in Atlanta).
The view from inside the schools
(Editor’s note: In light of recent events and accusations surrounding Wilcox County and segregated proms here is an excerpt from a posting on the home page for Wilcox County Schools).
Life, liberty, and…..the west coast?
Thankfully, just when most humor writers are looking around for material, somebody on the west coast does something stupid for us. How patriotic!
Death not a 'dead end'
This past week, a former local minister pointed out the irony of this road sign at the intersection of 8th Ave. and 1st St. in Cordele.
Life, liberty, and…..nudity?
A couple of weeks ago, just before the two week series of “Dancing with the Post Office Stars,” a man approached me in the bank parking lot and offered a suggestion for a column.
Life, liberty and correspondence
A couple of letters to the editor in the Cordele Dispatch caught my attention lately.
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