South Carolina senator wants high schools to offer gun course

Posted at 12:20 AM, Jan 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-21 06:19:56-05

At the Firing Line in Spartanburg, South Carolina, they aim to serve all ages of customers.

“Have had ’em as young as thirteen, 12.”

Managers say they’ve seen more and more teens here looking to learn how to shoot.

“Parents are looking for a place to take their kids and train them and have them trained,” said Johnny Horton.

 “It’s training,” Spartanburg Senator Lee Bright says a gun course should be offered in a classroom during the school day.

“I think it’s time we push back for our rights.”

We caught up with Bright before a pro-gun rally.
The Senator, pushing a plan to offer a gun course for high school students.
The class could be taken as an elective.

Teaching students about firearm safety and the second amendment, a lesson Bright believes is tied to another important subject.

“Our history is something that any, the more training they can get on the history of our nation, the founding of our nation, the better.”

At this range, many support the plan.

“I would definitely let my children take it, in this day in age, it’s almost a necessity.  It’s sad to say.”

Others say not so fast.

“There’s already gun violence with young teens, so why create the knowledge of it?” said Tamisha Ponds.

Some parents hope school districts are not so quick to pull the trigger on the course.
Saying there’s no room for guns when teachers are targeting other needs.

“English, spelling, math–you know things that’s going to help them in life.  What’s guns got to do with it?” said Melinda Lamb.

But Bright believes students should at least have the option.

Convinced in today’s classroom this is just one more piece of knowledge many should shoot for.