Middle school students handle guns during classroom lesson

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COLORADO CITY, Colo.— Some students in Colorado got a firsthand lesson in gun safety by handling the weapons in their classroom.

Volunteers with the NRA and a group called “Project Appleseed” hoped to arm students with knowledge about firearms by bringing them to class.

The volunteers visited students at Craver Middle School in Colorado City on Tuesday.

The students handled and tested the weapons with the supervision of the volunteers.

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The goal of the unique lesson was to replace fear with respect and teach students a little bit of history, too.

“I think that it’s better for them to have a respect for it [and] know how to handle it,” said Project Appleseed volunteer Jim Heath.

“Not that they should, but that they are aware about the firearm. It’s not, ‘Oh, what’s this? What can we do with this?’,” he said.

Students found the lesson interesting.

“It’s something that you don’t get to see every day. It’s something that you just get to come in and say, ‘Wow, look at all these just nice, awesome firearms’,” said 7th grader Tristin Baker.

“You should never be afraid of a gun, never, ever. You should have confidence around the guns, you should say, ‘This is a gun, we’ve gotta be careful with this,’ even though we should never trust guns, we should always be careful with them,” Baker added.

The course also included a day at a gun range with loaded guns.

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