Do you recall any less than stellar school field trips from your childhood?  If you’re like many, you’ve probably forgotten about the ones that were lackluster.

Kids in Pueblo County probably won’t forget about their field trip last week:  A trip to a shooting range.

(Enter the collective sound of Moms Demand Action having kittens about now, and the Coalition to Ban Gun Ownership / Violence feigned indignation.)

Project Appleseed volunteers helped make it happen and kudos to them for a fantastic endeavor!


PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) – Middle school students moved their lesson from the classroom to the shooting range.

It wasn’t your typical field trip. A group of students in Pueblo County was firing live ammo and learning about gun safety.

“I’m very excited, today we’re going to come out here on the gun range and shoot a little bit. The past week we’ve learned about the revolutionary war,” said Jonah Statezny, a Craver middle school student.

“My favorite part is shooting guns. When I was little we used to go to the shooting range,” said another student, Danielle Cooper.

These students have been on field trips before. But not one quite like this.

Guns in school can be a touchy subject.

“Often firearms and schools don’t mix. There’s a big fear there. So we are pushing the safety aspect and hopefully ease some people’s fears,” said Timothy Baird, with the Craver Middle School

Appleseed is a nonprofit, dedicated to teaching American history and traditional marksmanship.

For the first time, the national organization brought guns into a classroom, right in Pueblo County.

“We’ve never been allowed to bring actual real firearms into a school. Until this week. This is a very big deal. We had them touching fire arms, holding them and learning about how to handle them safely,” said Elizabeth Blackwood with Appleseed.

The story has made it national, thanks to a report in the Washington Times.

Kudos kudos kudos!


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