“I think if you’re raised with guns, you’re taught gun safety at a very early age,” Mahannah says, explaining that gun education– including gun club and hunter safety courses– was part of the curriculum when he went to Nucla High School.
Mahannah credits this comfort around guns as a safer alternative to gun control. To him, being familiar with guns makes people much less prone to accidents.
“The criminals are still going to get the guns. The criminals are still going to kill people,” he says. “Without education about guns, you’re still going to have school shootings.”