Anti-Gun Nuts Apoplectic Over Parent-Approved Private School Field Trip to Gun Range

A Woodstock, Georgia private school took kids on a field trip to a gun range to learn about some firearms used by historical figures they were studying. As you might expect, this safe, normal, parent approved educational activity led to apoplexy among the anti-gun, nanny-state community across the entire nation because OH MY GOD GUNS.

Pictures of kids holding guns caused an uproar among people uninvolved with the situation.

You’ll notice that the report identifies Holdheide Academy as a “preschool” while identifying the students who participated on this trip as first and second graders. It seems someone wanted to create the impression that these were infants and toddlers.

Parents contacted Channel 2 Action News with concerns after a local preschool took children on a trip to a gun range.

The school told Channel 2’s Carl Willis it was all part of a lesson.

Images of a first-grader and a second-grader handling firearms showed up on Facebook after the trip, which involved student from Holdheide Academy in Woodstock.

Willis contacted the school’s owner, Tammy Dorsten, who on Friday night defended the trip.

“This was a wonderful learning experience with a safety class before and after the guns were handled,” Dorsten said.

Dorsten told Willis the children have been learning about sharpshooter Annie Oakley and folk hero Davy Crockett.

The horror.

The parents of the children on the trip had signed off on it so one wonders what “parents” contacted Channel 2 Action News about the trip. I suspect they would be more accurately identified as fanatical anti-gun activists for whom this  school trip is none of their damn business.

She said the gun range High Caliber Firearms has an 1894 rifle of the type that Oakley would have used. Dorsten told Willis she decided to give the kids a hands-on lesson and parents approved.

Gun range owner Sean Jerguson defended the visit but when Willis called it a field trip, he said, “When you say field trip, I don’t know what that means. We’ve had a number of youth programs here. I wouldn’t know how to define a field trip. We have a number of private and home-school groups come into the store.”

“It was definitely a part of our Georgia-approved curriculum,” Dorsten said.


The school has had to do damage control because of the media attention provoked by the idiot do-gooders.


The school states that the lesson was about historical figures and not just guns, but if the kids learned a little gun safety along the way I think that is great. Kids should be taught the proper way to behave around a firearm.

There are a lot of pearl clutching busybodies who want your kids to be terrified of even being in the same building as a firearm. For them the only “gun safety” is the government controlling all the guns.


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