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THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 39, June 26, 1998

Letter to The Libertarian Enterprise

By Bill de Forest
deforestb-kac@kaman.com

Exclusive to The Libertarian Enterprise

         Read your stuff. Real good.
         I am a management supervisor at Kaman Aerospace in Bloomfield, Connecticut. I live in Granville, Massachusetts, a real small town that only has grades pre-school through 8th.
         In answer to the shooting sprees in schools across the U.S. our chief of police, John B. Michnovez, thought it was time to start a pistol shooting and handgun safety course in our elementary school. Talk about bold. He approached the principal of Granville Elementary, Bob Thompson who agreed it was essential, in the light of the recent shootings, that children be taught pistol shooting by experts -- and not the movies -- and sponsored a course in the school.
         That's bold!
         Letters were sent home to the parents who also thought it was a good idea. The chief got an NRA Pistol Shooting instructor, Ms. Teryl A. Deegan, who started off with a lecture on the Second Amendment and started to explain calibers, stating that 9mm was a Communist round and she would not talk about it.
         Toy guns were used as the demo with a day two at an indoor pistol range in Manchestern Conn. My 11 year-old Jerome shot 50 .22 rounds and passed the written course with the mandatory 80.
         This is what I call grass roots. A police chief and an elementary school principal staked all on this one.
         You must keep up your work. It is making a difference.


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