Do you know how to safely carry a firearm? Do you know how to safely carry a baby? Do you know how to do both at the same time?
Well, a woman from Des Moines, Iowa, is specializing in teaching folks how to do just that, handle a baby and a firearm at the same time.
“We have seen a huge insurgence in young mothers, mothers of young children, wanting to get into firearms,” Melody Laurer, the instructor of the class, told ABC 6 On Your Side.
“And what’s happening is we don’t have instructors that are addressing their needs. So they just do it. They don’t do it right and then they end up having an accident,” Laurer explained.
Thus far, Laurer’s class has received a lot of attention.
“To our knowledge, nobody is doing this yet,” said Barry Snesll, the manager of Crossroads Shooting Sports. “The interest was so great that she actually had to turn off or shut off the registration. Otherwise, we would have had two-three times as many people here.”
Yet, not everyone is sold on the idea. Ladd Everitt, communications director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, slammed the course.
“We find it to be utterly repulsive, further evidence of a modern-day gun culture that embraces, and celebrates, reckless behavior that poses a threat to adults and children alike,” said Everitt in an email to GunsAmerica.
“It’s even more stunning coming after the shooting death of Veronica Rutledge at a Walmart in Blackfoot,” he continued. “There is apparently no tragedy that can overcome the idolatry of firearms in certain quarters.”
“No other free nation would tolerate such dangerous behavior. Hopefully we, too, will eventually come to our senses and act to protect children,” he continued.
Perhaps what Everitt’s missing is that with or without the class parents will still carry firearms when they are around their children. Given this reality, one can argue it’s better to teach and train parents on the safest way to carry with children rather than to let them try and figure it out on their own.
To that extent, Laurer said that as a general rule of thumb, “If you have baby on one side, it’s best to have gun on the other side.”