She told me she thinks gun safety should be mandatory in kindergarten in public schools! I completely agree. Her logic comes from the Michael Moore (bowling for Columbine) movie where he went into such detail about the hard life of the poor mother of the boy who brought a pistol to school and shot a little girl. Moore seems to have completely overlooked the fact that a gun was accessible to a kid when it should not have been, and the kid had no concept of gun safety or respect for the weapon. He highlighted how the mother had such a hard life, the uncle was blah blah blah, they were all so poor, yet they leave handguns laying around (I can barely afford a legit handgun, and I'm not at/below the poverty line). I think that undercuts the legitimacy of the picture he's trying to paint of the hardworking, crushed-by-the-man family that experienced a tremendous tragedy because of, um, I'm not sure who he's trying to blame... My wife's feeling is that it may be completely possible for any of my son's friends to pick and fire a weapon with no real concept of the danger. I don't think my son would, cause I've taught him to get away and get an adult if he ever finds a gun unattended, but I think most non-gun-owner parents don't even address the idea of gun safety, unless it's just to say guns are very dangerous. There are also a lot of parents, like the ones in Moore's little film, that are just plain irresponsible and have firearms without teaching their kids anything about them. Those kids may benefit greatly from an education program teaching them not to play with firearms that are irresponsibly left accessible to them. I was also thinking it might be good to have a course added around 8th grade or so, when they can physically handle a decent powered rifle, that teaches them the basics of handgun and rifle safety, so if they're ever under fire or in a situation where a bad guy has a gun and they don't, they can tell if it's a fake, if the bolts open or something, or even just to give them familiarity so they don't cower on the floor... I haven't looked at stats in a while, so I don't know if it's an issue worth pursuing or not. Then again, when has the anti-gun crowd let statistics stop them from pursuing an agenda? I think maybe I'll research this... If it hasn't been tried before and I can get any average Joe support for it, then I'll develope a plan and send it to the next Governor.