Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, prefiled a bill Thursday, one day before the worst school shooting in Missouri history, which would require all Missouri schools to teach the National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle gun safety program to first graders.
SB 75, the so-called "Active Shooter and Intruder Response Training for Schools Program," filed one day before the worst school shooting in this nation's history, also requires all personnel at Missouri public schools and charter schools to undergo eight hours of training, with all continuing training being at least four hours.
Brown, described in his legislative biography as a "lifetime member of the National Rifle Association," does not seem to think that continuing training is important for those who carry guns. During the 2012 session, Brown sponsored SB 637, which would have eliminated training requirements for those renewing conceal-carry permits, but continue to require them for new applicants.
Dr. Brown, a tea party favorite, who campaigned for election to the State Senate in 2010 noting, "I'm a gun guy," included in the legislation that no one teaching the children about gun safety is allowed to make any "value judgments about firearms."
More great solutions to one of the biggest problems our state and this nation faces- Require training for teachers to deal with school shootings (training, by the way, which we are already doing), teach every child in Missouri about guns the NRA way, and not file any legislation to deal with the kinds of weapons that make these mass murders possible.