Because they don’t give the faintest whiff of a rat’s patoot about gun safety.
When I was a kid, someone came into the school and gave us a quick demo and (IIRC) a film strip on actual gun safety. It included a couple of simple rules that any kid can remember – and that I still do. If you’re a kid, and you see a gun – your friends bring out their dad’s hunting rifle or grandpa’s WW2 pistol – and your parents aren’t there:
- Don’t touch
- Run away
- Tell a grownup
That’s it. That’s gun safety for kids.
There’s no way of knowing how many kids in my elementary school’s lives were saved by that lesson; not a single kid in my school died in a gun accident. Zero. There was a drowning, a couple car accidents, an alcohol poisoning, and a suicide right after graduation – but no gun accidents.
And this, in a part of the country where there are likely more guns per-capita than on bases for some branches of the military.
It’s a pretty standard program; many hunting groups, along with the NRA, teach gun safety in schools.
Y’know – because it keeps children from getting killed, accidentally.
You’d think moms (not to mention fathers) would be all over it. And in the parts of our society ruled by common sense, they are.
But not I Moms Want Action (a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown For “Gun Safety”, the billionaire’s gun-grabber group), To them, “gun safety” is, in their own words, “atrocious”:
Moms Demand Action’s Jennifer Hoppe recoiled at the news that Forest Hills was teaching children about gun safety. She said, “It’s atrocious to put the onus of gun safety onto children — this is an adult problem. Every gun that’s gotten into the hands of a child has first been under the control of an adult. A program that tries to dodge that is disingenuous.”
In a further effort to make her point, Hoppe added, “Accidental gun deaths among children are not ‘accidental,’” suggesting that the focus should be on how they are “preventable” if adults store guns properly.
Which is the sort of calm, cool, rational logic we’ve come to expect from Moms Want Action. No, seriously.
Because in a world where our leftist entertainment industry gives money to gun-grabber groups with one hand, while glorifying consequence-free violence with the other, there are plenty of irresponsible parents out there, leaving guns in easy reach of kids. And that is certainly a moral, and often literal, crime – which is nice, but what does your kid do when he or she comes face to face with their kids, acting like kids?
Question for you, Jennifer Hoppe, Jane Kay, Michael Bloomberg and Heather Martens: would you be happier if your kid knew to stop, run away and tell an adult, or would you prefer the county attorney sort it all out after the funeral?
The article points out something I’d missed. Usually, when a gun-grabber yaps about wanting a “conversation about guns,” what they mean is “you shooters shut up while we shriek at you”.
But Mark Kelly – wife of Gabby Giffords, and certainly no gun-rights advocate – actually indulged in that rarest of treats; he actually conversed about guns, complimenting the NRA’s exceptionally-effective child safety program.
The results were…predictable:
Ironically, it was just months ago that Huffington Post went comparably apoplectic after gun control proponent Mark Kelly praised the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program for its effectiveness with children. On April 14, Kelly tweeted: “I don’t agree w/ the NRA on some big issues, but they deserve a lot of credit for teaching kids about gun safety [via] Eddie Eagle.”
The reaction from the left was predictably emotionally-thud-witted, intellectually barren and morally bereft.
Dear Moms Want Action: the blood of every child accidentally killed for want of commonsense gun-safety education is on your desiccated talons.