A Republican state senator in Missouri has proposed legislation that would make gun safety a mandatory part of the first-grade curriculum.
State Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla) told a Senate committee Tuesday that the course would teach first-graders what to do if they found a weapon, to prevent them from shooting themselves or someone else, the Associated Press reported. Brown’s legislation specifies a curriculum — which includes cartoons — designed by the National Rifle Association. The legislation was filed a day before December’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children — many of them first-graders — dead.
“I hate mandates as much as anyone, but some concerns and conditions rise to the level of needing a mandate,” the Associated Press reported Brown as saying.