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Teacher takes students on shooting range field trip

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Each week about a dozen home-schooled students gather with a teacher for a hands-on lab forensics class.

They met at Dominion Gun Range in Chesterfield County on Friday to learn about weapons, ammunition and gun safety.

“I thought it was great, because it would be a new experience,” 15-year-old Emmalyn Fry said shortly after firing her dad’s .22 caliber rifle.

“I think it’s a cool experience, I’m enjoying it so far,” 15-year-old Amy Comstock, who shot a pistol for the first time, said.

“To really get experience with the different types of weaponry, different types of ammunition, to get comfortable with this, to realize guns aren’t meant to be feared,” teacher Carrie Woolfolk said. “They can learn about them and better hands on, than sitting in a classroom, looking at a book.”

The owner of Dominion Shooting Range said about a dozen classes have come to the range, most of them from public schools.

Several gun control groups and activists, including the Brady Campaign, were contacted about this story. None of the groups wanted to comment.

16 comments

  • Paula Kennedy

    I think it’s an awesome thing to do! Teaching them the correct way and the safe way is how we are going to stop people getting hurt or killed by a gun because they don’t know how to use it correctly. Kudos!!!

    • athynz

      Yes it is totally inappropriate to teach children that guns are not to be feared but to be used as tools. Completely inappropriate to teach them gun safety – after all that goes against the party line, right comrade?

  • Jim

    It’s much better than watching movies and trying to learn what’s going on or watching the so called news shows for that matter.

    • manalishi

      It teaches realistic higher levels of personal responsibility and safety democrats like yourself refer to as “sick”. Maybe someday you can be a functioning part of a society rather than a parasitic subculture.

      • Jerry

        You really are sick. I am sure my contribution to society is much greater than anyone remotely like yourself. I would bet I pay much more taxes and charitable contributions than you as well. Also doubt if you have any significant formal or self education.

      • Jerry

        You really are sick minded. I am sure my contribution to society is much greater than anyone remotely like yourself. I suspect that I pay much more in taxes and charitable contributions than you as well. Your comments indicate serious doubt if you have any significant formal or self education.

      • manalishi

        Sure thin Jerry. It comforts me to know that your pole dancing career decision has elevated you to a level of a greater understanding. Next time, please insert a caveat disclaimer in “both” of your diatribes.

    • athynz

      How is teaching children classes in gun use and safety “sick”? Please answer this without bragging about your income tax bracket. Thanks.

  • B Addy

    Let Jerry stay in mothers basement. Great to introduce kids to the right way to handle a firearm. The overwhelming % of killings are done by someone that has never fired a gun before , and not by gun enthusiast.

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