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September 28, 2005

Liberal Moron: Gun safety education un-safe

From the Racine Journal-Times...

Eddie Eagle - a feathered National Rifle Association cartoon character who teaches children how not to handle guns - could actually be harmful, says an alderman opposed to a Police Department plan to use Eddie in programs for children.

The City Council will decide Tuesday whether the Racine Police Department can order hundreds of coloring books from the NRA for no charge and use them in conjunction with lectures the department holds with children.

Among other things in the books, children would be coloring in images of guns and of children finding guns in their homes....

Opposition Alderman Pete Karas, who is leading the charge against the police department's efforts, said the booklets are harmful and ineffective, teaching children that guns are for adults, which could further a child's interest in the weapons.

Interesting that the Alderman doesn't seem to take the same approach to how sex is taught in Racine's government schools. No mention of opposing any of the typical, Liberal sex ed curriculum forced on elementary school children.

I have the Eddie Eagle video tape, which I've shown to my kids several times. It's very education, and does not promote curiosity about guns. It promotes respect and actually fear, since the dangers of guns are made very clear. The idea Karas seems to want to promote is that if we just pretend guns don't exist, then they'll never harm us. The NRA uses the Eddie Eagle curriculum to educate kids on the proper treatment of guns: STOP!—DON'T TOUCH—LEAVE THE AREA—TELL AN ADULT.

Does anybody for a second think that in the absence of any education about gun safety, kids will automatically to the right and safe thing? How many kids will need to die to satisfy sick people like this Alderman Pete Karas?

Related coverage: The Volokh Conspiracy

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 28, 2005 06:51 AM

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Good thing our founding fathers didn't think like that; [W]hereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it.
- Richard Henry Lee, 1788
Where have all the TRUE leaders gone?

Posted by: David at September 29, 2005 09:33 PM

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