A Tragic Argument For Youth Gun Education

Schools and youth organizations have become so triggered by anything dealing with guns, that even the most basic facts are generally not shared with kids. Most kids get their ideas about guns from the movies, and that’s tragic.

Nineteen-year-old Pedro Ruiz thought it would be cool to make a Youtube video with his pregnant girlfriend where he takes a bullet to the chest, stopped by an encyclopedia volume. He didn’t know enough about guns, and neither did his girlfriend of six years, Monalisa Perez.

She killed him with a .50 caliber Desert Eagle, fired at point blank range.

The New York Times wrote it up, and the Washington Post, CNN and I’m sure a whole bunch of other news outlets. They called it a “stunt.” Certainly, convincing your girlfriend to fire a pistol into your chest for a Youtube video is a “stunt.” Doing it without first testing the bullet-stopping power of an encyclopedia volume is, not to disparage the dead, naïve.

Apparently, Ruiz test fired a bullet into an encyclopedia to show Perez it was okay–that the bullet didn’t penetrate. She didn’t see him make the test shot, but police found the book at the home.

The media focused on Ruiz’s desire to get his “15 minutes of fame.” Sheriff Jeremy Thornton of Norman County, Minnesota, where Ruiz and Perez lived, couldn’t fathom what the couple was thinking. Sheriff Thornton knows a bit about guns, and obviously Ruiz didn’t.

That’s because the system in America, tragically, is set up for kids to be firearm-stupid.

It’s tragic because the nanny-state would take education about everything, from hard science and math, to literature, to philosophy and world view, out of the hands of parents, who they see as agents of indoctrination, but leave guns to those same parents who can’t be trusted.

The only message coming out of schools these days is “guns are bad.” But the message coming out of Hollywood (or suburban Atlanta, since more movies are made in Georgia than California, but I digress) is “guns are cool.”

Liberals lament that “guns are available,” but America isn’t going to give them up anytime soon.

Now, Perez, who was originally charged with reckless discharge of a gun, is charged with second-degree manslaughter. She killed her boyfriend, the father of her baby, whom she loved. And she may face lots of prison time for it. (If I were on the jury, I could not convict her.)

At schools, kids learn about how to use a condom when they’re as young as eight. They learn about sexual identity, transgenderism, anal sex, and various other topics that some parents consider deviant. They’re taught these things because the progressive nanny-state believes it will help them become more responsible adults.

But it’s not a priority to teach kids about guns, when there are guns in about 44 percent of American households (CBS and WaPo put the number much lower, but it depends where you get your data). Kids don’t get killed because they put a condom on wrong. But gun ignorance kills.

The Boy Scouts still teach shooting, although many troops have stopped. And of course the NRA has an abundance of youth programs. But those are not in schools. GLAAD gets to set curriculum in some schools (wrapped in the flag of tolerance, inclusiveness and anti-bullying), but wearing an NRA T-shirt might get you arrested.

The whole “guns are bad but everywhere” stupidity in America is dangerous and illogical. Gun safety should be taught in every school in America.

Then maybe Ruiz would be alive to be a dad to his baby, and Perez wouldn’t be headed to court. You might think everybody should know that a .50-caliber Desert Eagle, fired from one foot away, will penetrate an encyclopedia volume (and quite a bit more). You might think that everybody should know that a gun should never, ever, be pointed at another person unless you intend to kill them.

But kids today don’t know these very basic things. They only know what they see on TV, in movies, and video games. Many of them know more about sex by the time they hit puberty than they know about guns before they graduate high school.

Maybe this tragedy will inspire schools to rethink the best way to prepare kids and include gun safety in the curriculum. I bet there’s a sheriff’s deputy or police safety officer in every town and city who would be glad to teach it. Really, this is a slam dunk against preventable, stupid stunts like Ruiz attempted.

Why did Ruiz have to die before anyone thought of it?

About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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