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"Babywearing and Carrying": A New Class Teaches Gun Safety for Moms

The Short of It

Just when you thought you'd heard it all, comes a class called "Babywearing and Carrying." This unique workshop is being offered by an Iowa mom who says it's about time someone taught a gun safety class geared toward mothers of little ones.

The Lowdown

Melody Lauer was inspired to introduce her class after she heard about an Idaho mom whose toddler accidentally shot and killed her in a Walmart late last year. The first session was held at the CrossRoads Shooting Sports indoor gun range in Johnston, Iowa, where, according to the ad, moms learned about the basics of "safe holster and carry systems while babywearing."

The topics of safe gun handling and storage for parents were also covered. A dummy baby was used during the instruction.

The class was so popular, another session is currently being planned.

This certified gun safety instructor and mom-of-three isn't saying guns are for every mom. But she notes that women are a fast growing segment of the population buying guns.

"When people say they don't like the idea of a baby and firearm being together, I can understand that," she told TODAY Parents. "The reality is that it's happening... so I decided to make a safe place where mothers of young children can come and talk about guns."

The Upshot

Lauer's "Babywearing and Carrying" workshop has gotten mixed feedback online. Some support what Lauer calls, a "much needed class." Others feel the concept is completely inappropriate.

What's your take?

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