Have you ever worried that you don’t know how to safely carry both your baby and your 9mm Glock at the same time? Well, have we got a class for you!
Iowa gun instructor and mother Melody Lauer offers a class to help parents learn how they can carry a baby and a side arm at the same time, without putting either in danger. Lauer is billed as both a gun and parenting expert, apparently because, as she says, “I was working at a gun store and a parenting center at the same time.” OK, no worries, then. She’s definitely qualified.
Parenting “expert” Lauer explains why she thought the class was needed.
We have seen a huge insurgence [sic] in young mothers– mothers of young children, wanting to get into firearms. 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.
Lauer doesn’t specify what insurgence is taking place in Iowa, exactly. But hey, she’s an expert, so she certainly knows what she’s talking about, right? Could Iowa mothers be packing heat so they can fight ISIS? Lauer doesn’t say.
Lauer makes it clear that she’s not telling people that they should be armed while carrying a baby. She actually gets quite defensive about that on her Facebook page. But if you can’t bear the thought of leaving either your warm, flesh and blood baby, or your cold, steel baby behind when you go out into the dangerous world that is Iowa, she wants you to do it properly.
The class has been very well received. It has been so popular, in fact, that Crossroads Shooting Sports, in Johnston, a suburb of Des Moines, had to close registration for the class early. One father who is enrolled in the class, enthusiastically says,
When we first had Margaret, and I just had this overwhelming desire that I need to protect this child. And it’s really made me take it a lot more seriously.
What better way to protect a child, than to have that child in the same proximity as a firearm, right? Who cares that the Brady Campaign says that nine children and teens are shot every day in gun accidents? Why should it matter that guns are the second leading cause of death among children and teens? I have to protect my baby! From something. But not from my gun!
What about the concerns that guns and babies don’t mix? “If you’re a mother, if you’re an armed mother, they have to. You have no choice,” Lauer says.
Here’s a report, from WTVR:
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