Hungarian officials on Wednesday defended plans to build shooting stands in schools and offer students to practice the sport, an idea deemed dangerous by teachers and opposition politicians.
Shooting is a “safe” sport and to offer it would allow students to have a wider choice alongside “other Olympic disciplines like football, basketball and swimming”, explained Klik, the state agency Responsible for schools in Hungary, in a statement.
Schools wishing to set up a shooting range will have to comply with all applicable safety standards, Klik explained.
But for Agnes Kunhalmi of the Socialist Party (opposition), this measure takes on the character of “militarization”, as she explained to the RTL Klub channel.
The idea had already been put forward at the beginning of the year by a leader of the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban who saw in the shooting a way to teach the children patience, concentration or speed of movements.
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