If you have followed this BLOG for any length of time you know my 11-year-old son Bat does a lot of shooting and hunting with me and that he also helps me review firearms and other hunting and shooting related gear. Rifle Firepower Editor Nino Bosaz recently asked me to contribute a column to that new magazine and we both agreed it might be a good idea for Bat to include a sidebar with each column that would give the perspective of an 11-year-old shooter.
My check for that column includes a little something extra for Bat to compensate him for his efforts and the entire process is improving his communication skills and teaching him what work is all about.
Here is the absurdity. Bat’s school has a zero tolerance policy on firearms. On the surface this seems like a good idea; none of us want kids bringing guns to school. However the school takes the policy to such an extreme, kids cannot show a photo to other students of the buck they killed if a gun is in the picture. Nor can Bat present his published work to his language arts teacher for review, critique or extra credit.
Have we evolved to the point we are so afraid of images and words that we cannot properly educate our children?
It appears so. When I was in 7th grade hunter safety was part of our physical education curriculum. We shot clays on the baseball field and loaded shot shells in the gym. Ever student received firearms safety education and a hunter’s safety card. It seems to me that our education system is subverting the proper recognition and education of the 1st two amendments to the law of the land.
Absurdity is the best word I can find to describe this but maybe this is due to my lack of proper education through the public school system where I spent too much time learning about guns and talking to my buddies about hunting. Look where that got me!
If you can think of a better word, please let me know.