Target: Missouri State Senator Dan Brown
Goal: Tell Missouri state legislators that providing sexual education would be more beneficial than requiring gun safety classes
While there have been many varied debates regarding gun control in America recently, Missouri Senator Dan Brown responded to these discussions by proposing mandatory NRA sponsored gun safety classes to first grade students. Facing criticism, Senator Brown defended his bill stating it would teach children what to do if they find a weapon. In addition the bill includes a training course for teachers on how respond to an armed assailant. Although Senator Brown is attempting to actively respond to the recent tragic school shooting in Newton, Conn., he has inappropriately missed the mark and failed to protect Missouri’s children with this proposal.
While students in Missouri have little to no sexual education, they could be learning about gun safety from early grade school. Missouri’s young people suffer some of the highest rates of STI in America and statistics show 51 out of every 1000 of Missouri’s women will have an unintended pregnancy, many of whom will be young and/or single mothers. As for gun violence in Missouri, there are 12.3 gun related deaths per 100,000 people in the state.
While it is understandably more terrifying to have your children subjected to gun violence than pregnancy, the state suffers more from young parents and STI transmission than from gun violence on an annual basis. Teen parents are less likely to finish high school and very unlikely to continue to university. 80% of young mothers will eventually go on welfare, usually within the first five years after giving birth. Children of young parents are more likely to lag developmentally and are less likely to complete high school thus creating a cycle of welfare dependency that spans generations and causes Missouri’s economy to suffer.
By signing the petition below, you will tell Missouri State Senator Dan Brown that you will not stand for this poor response to gun control discussions and that there are more effective efforts to be made, such as comprehensive sexual education, to protect young people in Missouri and America.
Dear Senator Brown,
Your recent bill proposing mandatory gun safety classes for young children, while well-meaning, is a misguided attempt at youth safety. Although gun control and safety are important issues in our country right now, requiring gun safety classes for children when lack of comprehensive sexual education is statistically more detrimental to Missouri’s youth safety and health as well as the state’s economy is imprudent. With teen pregnancy and birth rates as well as rates of STI in Missouri higher than that of the national average, protecting Missouri’s children is indeed an education issue but has little to do with firearms. While gun safety is important, a conscious effort to simply keep guns out of schools and away from children is more urgent. Providing mandatory gun safety classes in elementary schools is simply a waste of resources. By not educating children about sexual health, Missouri pays the price with higher rates of poverty and people on welfare, which eventually leads to a smaller, less educated workforce.
Please, Senator Brown, continue your mission to protect your state’s youth, but understand where the actual issues lie. While removing guns from the vicinity of children is important, the danger to Missouri’s youth lies in the lack of comprehensive sexual education in public schools. Amend this issue and help protect young people by educating them fully on all dangerous topics, rather than simply gun safety.
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