Bill promoting gun education in schools meets with resistance

A bill that would allow schools to offer on-site gun education classes is meeting with considerable resistance from educators and others who believe it would pose a safety issue in schools and take time away from other important curriculum.

“I think we are all aware of the proliferation of death and injury because of the accessibility of guns in our society,” State Representative Sondy Pope (D-Mount Horeb) said in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. “I don’t see a reason to introduce guns to students in school. I think it’s inappropriate.”

Representative Ken Skowronski (R-Franklin), the lead sponsor of the bill, says its purpose is to promote gun safety and to boost participation in trap shooting. Classes would be optional, but the bill would require school superintendents to develop curricula.

The topic has generated considerable controversy on the WEAC Facebook page, including these comments: