Monday, September 14, 2009

September 14, 2009

Monday Kiwanis and we voted to Give St. Jude Foundation for children: $100. Allison Jackson had spoken to us and the Chamber last month about the important research and care St. Jude is providing. Our speaker for today was: Detective Brad Penton of the Chickasaw Police. He showed the members a DVD of Eddie Eagle, a cartoon character, who promotes and teaches
firearm safety to 4-12 year old children. The film, and the one week classroom support instruction, does not render any opinion about the use or handling of guns nor their value, but
gives children immediate response to finding a firearm at home or outdoors.
That (commit to memory) phase is: "Do not touch, back away and run to find an adult to help." This police grant program is essential to children in our community and will be taught in both of our schools. It is a shame that Chickasaw was the only South Alabama city to apply for this program. I certainly could have used it when I was about 5 or 6. I remember finding my fathers 22 caliber rifle in a closet when I was that age , taking it and a box of long-rifle bullets
to the garage and firing about six shots at some boards against the wall. The bullets went through the boards, the wall, into our neighbors garage and lodged in her opposite wall missing her body by about 5 inches. I won't discuss further what happened, but it has something to do with my father and a belt when he got home.

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