Teaching Kids To Shoot Guns???

I was really not in the mood to write about this week’s horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and had no intention of doing so for this morning’s post.  But then I stumbled upon something that made me furrow my brow, scratch my head, and do a little digging.

The murderer/shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, had been enrolled in a school program supported by the NRA, that taught marksmanship skills.  Let me repeat that … there was actually a school-sponsored program, funded by the National Rifle Association, that taught children to shoot guns!  WHY????

child-gunThe school received a $10,000 grant from the NRA to teach children to shoot guns, and this, folks, is the result!  Is anybody besides me incensed, horrified and confused as heck by this?

Cruz was a member of the school’s marksmanship ‘team’.  From an article by ThinkProgress …

The marksmanship team was part of the schools’ JROTC program. On the team, Cruz trained with “air rifles special-made for target shooting, typically on indoor ranges at targets the size of a coin.”

Cruz discussed his AR-15 with other team members and was given the nickname “Wolf.” Another member of the team described him as “a very good shot.”

In 2015, the NRA Foundation gave $2.2 million in similar grants promoting gun use to schools around the country. This includes grants “to elementary and middle schools.”  We are teaching elementary school children to shoot guns???  Again I ask, WHY???

child-gun-4The United States already has the most insane lack of gun laws on earth, we have the least oversight on the sale of firearms of any other nation, and now we are putting them in the hands of children and teaching them to hit “targets the size of a coin”.  Wonder no more how Columbine and now Parkland happened.  The answer is right on this page.

The NRA Foundation’s website says it’s “investing in the next generation of America’s leaders” by devoting “a significant majority” of the group’s grants to “youth shooting sports.”  At this rate, America won’t need leaders, for there will be nobody left to lead!  The NRA has been actively commenting on the Parkland massacre on social media, arguing that the only way to prevent future tragedies is more guns.

child-gun-3Fifty-three percent (53%) of our elected representatives in Congress received donations from the NRA in the last election. Yes, the FBI dropped the ball on Cruz, as likely did school officials and certainly Cruz’ parents.  But the NRA and any who support it in any way, are responsible for funding programs that teach children to shoot guns.  This, my friends, is an abomination and the vast majority of people in this nation are complicit.

Below is a table of every member of Congress who received funding from the NRA in 2016.  I found it interesting that representative Steve Scalise, who was seriously injured when a gunman shot at members of Congress when they were playing softball last summer, is also a recipient of NRA funding.

Name (Party-State) Chamber Amount
Abraham, Ralph (R-LA) House $1,000
Aderholt, Robert B (R-AL) House $3,500
Allen, Richard W (R-GA) House $2,000
Amodei, Mark (R-NV) House $1,500
Angelle, Scott (R-LA) House $1,000
Arrington, Jodey (R-TX) House $1,000
Ayotte, Kelly (R-NH) Senate $5,950
Babeu, Paul (R-AZ) House $1,000
Babin, Brian (R-TX) House $2,000
Bacon, Donald John (R-NE) House $4,950
Banks, Jim (R-IN) House $1,000
Barletta, Lou (R-PA) House $1,000
Barr, Andy (R-KY) House $2,000
Barton, Joe (R-TX) House $2,000
Benishek, Dan (R-MI) House $1,000
Bergman, John (R-MI) House $4,950
Beutler, Jaime Herrera (R-WA) House $1,000
Biggs, Andy (R-AZ) House $1,000
Bilirakis, Gus (R-FL) House $2,000
Bishop, Mike (R-MI) House $2,000
Bishop, Rob (R-UT) House $4,000
Bishop, Sanford (D-GA) House $3,500
Black, Diane (R-TN) House $2,500
Blackburn, Marsha (R-TN) House $2,500
Blum, Rod (R-IA) House $7,450
Blunt, Roy (R-MO) Senate $11,900
Boehner, John (R-OH) House $4,950
Boozman, John (R-AR) Senate $5,950
Bost, Mike (R-IL) House $2,000
Boustany, Charles Jr (R-LA) House $4,950
Brady, Kevin (R-TX) House $2,000
Brat, Dave (R-VA) House $2,000
Bridenstine, James (R-OK) House $2,000
Brooks, Mo (R-AL) House $1,000
Brooks, Susan (R-IN) House $1,000
Bucshon, Larry (R-IN) House $1,000
Budd, Ted (R-NC) House $3,000
Burgess, Michael (R-TX) House $1,000
Burr, Richard (R-NC) Senate $9,900
Bush, Jeb (R) Pres $1,000
Byrne, Bradley (R-AL) House $2,000
Calvert, Ken (R-CA) House $4,500
Carter, Buddy (R-GA) House $2,000
Carter, Dan (R-CT) Senate $1,000
Carter, John (R-TX) House $2,500
Chabot, Paul (R-CA) House $3,500
Chabot, Steve (R-OH) House $2,000
Chaffetz, Jason (R-UT) House $2,000
Cheney, Liz (R-WY) House $1,000
Christie, Chris (R) Pres $1,500
Coffman, Mike (R-CO) House $9,900
Cole, Tom (R-OK) House $5,000
Collins, Chris (R-NY) House $2,000
Collins, Doug (R-GA) House $2,500
Comer, James (R-KY) House $4,950
Comstock, Barbara (R-VA) House $10,400
Conaway, Mike (R-TX) House $1,500
Cook, Paul (R-CA) House $3,000
Cramer, Kevin (R-ND) House $2,000
Crapo, Mike (R-ID) Senate $4,950
Crawford, Rick (R-AR) House $1,000
Crenshaw, Ander (R-FL) House $1,000
Cruz, Ted (R-TX) Senate $350
Cuellar, Henry (D-TX) House $3,000
Culberson, John (R-TX) House $5,950
Curbelo, Carlos (R-FL) House $2,500
Davidson, Warren (R-OH) House $1,000
Davis, Rodney (R-IL) House $2,500
Denham, Jeff (R-CA) House $2,000
Dent, Charlie (R-PA) House $4,000
DeSantis, Ron (R-FL) House $1,000
Desjarlais, Scott (R-TN) House $2,000
Diaz-Balart, Mario (R-FL) House $2,000
Duckworth, Tammy (D-IL) House $50
Duffy, Sean P (R-WI) House $2,000
Duncan, Jeff (R-SC) House $3,000
Dunn, Neal (R-FL) House $1,750
Ellmers, Renee (R-NC) House $2,000
Emmer, Tom (R-MN) House $2,000
Fareed, Justin (R-CA) House $2,500
Farenthold, Blake (R-TX) House $2,000
Faso, John (R-NY) House $5,950
Ferguson, Drew (R-GA) House $3,000
Fleischmann, Chuck (R-TN) House $2,000
Fleming, John (R-LA) House $1,000
Flores, Bill (R-TX) House $2,000
Forbes, Randy (R-VA) House $1,000
Fortenberry, Jeff (R-NE) House $1,000
Foxx, Virginia (R-NC) House $2,000
Franks, Trent (R-AZ) House $2,000
Gaetz, Matt (R-FL) House $1,000
Gallagher, Mike (R-WI) House $4,950
Garrett, Scott (R-NJ) House $5,950
Garrett, Tom (R-VA) House $1,000
Gibbs, Bob (R-OH) House $2,000
Glenn, Darryl (R-CO) Senate $1,000
Gohmert, Louis B Jr (R-TX) House $1,000
Goodlatte, Bob (R-VA) House $7,450
Gosar, Paul (R-AZ) House $2,000
Gowdy, Trey (R-SC) House $2,000
Granger, Kay (R-TX) House $2,500

 

Grassley, Chuck (R-IA) Senate $9,900
Graves, Sam (R-MO) House $2,000
Graves, Tom (R-GA) House $3,000
Griffith, Morgan (R-VA) House $2,000
Grothman, Glenn S (R-WI) House $2,000
Guinta, Frank (R-NH) House $9,900
Guthrie, Brett (R-KY) House $1,000
Hanna, Richard (R-NY) House $2,000
Hardy, Cresent (R-NV) House $9,900
Harper, Gregg (R-MS) House $2,000
Harris, Andy (R-MD) House $2,500
Hartzler, Vicky (R-MO) House $2,000
Heck, Joe (R-NV) House $8,900
Hensarling, Jeb (R-TX) House $2,000
Hice, Jody B (R-GA) House $2,000
Higgins, Clay (R-LA) House $2,500
Hill, French (R-AR) House $2,000
Hoeven, John (R-ND) Senate $8,450
Holbrook, Mark (R-ME) House $1,000
Holding, George (R-NC) House $2,000
Hollingsworth, Trey (R-IN) House $2,000
Hudson, Richard (R-NC) House $4,950
Huelskamp, Tim (R-KS) House $2,000
Huizenga, Bill (R-MI) House $2,000
Hultgren, Randy (R-IL) House $2,000
Hunter, Duncan D (R-CA) House $3,000
Hurd, Will (R-TX) House $9,900
Hurt, Robert (R-VA) House $1,000
Isakson, Johnny (R-GA) Senate $8,450
Issa, Darrell (R-CA) House $2,000
Jenkins, Evan (R-WV) House $3,000
Jenkins, Lynn (R-KS) House $2,000
Jindal, Bobby (R) Pres $1,000
Johnson, Bill (R-OH) House $2,000
Johnson, Mike (R-LA) House $1,000
Johnson, Ron (R-WI) Senate $7,450
Johnson, Sam (R-TX) House $2,500
Jones, Scott (R-CA) House $2,500
Jones, Walter B Jr (R-NC) House $1,000
Jordan, Jim (R-OH) House $2,000
Joyce, David P (R-OH) House $3,500
Katko, John (R-NY) House $9,900
Kelly, Mike (R-PA) House $1,500
Kelly, Trent (R-MS) House $2,000
Kennedy, John (R-LA) Senate $4,950
King, Steven A (R-IA) House $2,000
Kinzinger, Adam (R-IL) House $2,000
Knight, Steve (R-CA) House $3,000
Kustoff, David (R-TN) House $2,000
Labrador, Raul (R-ID) House $1,000
LaHood, Darin (R-IL) House $3,000
LaMalfa, Doug (R-CA) House $2,000
Lamborn, Douglas L (R-CO) House $2,000
Lankford, James (R-OK) Senate $5,000
Latta, Robert E (R-OH) House $3,000
Lee, Mike (R-UT) Senate $2,500
Lewis, Jason (R-MN) House $3,500
LoBiondo, Frank (R-NJ) House $1,000
Long, Billy (R-MO) House $2,000
Loudermilk, Barry (R-GA) House $4,000
Love, Mia (R-UT) House $3,000
Lucas, Frank D (R-OK) House $2,000
Luetkemeyer, Blaine (R-MO) House $2,000
Marchant, Kenny (R-TX) House $1,000
Marino, Tom (R-PA) House $2,000
Marshall, Roger (R-KS) House $1,000
Mast, Brian (R-FL) House $4,950
McCain, John (R-AZ) Senate $300
McCarthy, Kevin (R-CA) House $1,000
McCaul, Michael (R-TX) House $3,500
McClintock, Tom (R-CA) House $2,000
McHenry, Patrick (R-NC) House $4,000
McKinley, David (R-WV) House $1,000
McSally, Martha (R-AZ) House $6,500
Meadows, Mark R (R-NC) House $1,150
Messer, Luke (R-IN) House $2,000
Mica, John L (R-FL) House $4,000
Miller, Jeff (R-FL) House $2,500
Mills, Stewart (R-MN) House $9,900
Mitchell, Paul (R-MI) House $1,000
Moolenaar, John (R-MI) House $2,000
Mooney, Alex (R-WV) House $2,000
Moran, Jerry (R-KS) Senate $2,450
Mullin, Markwayne (R-OK) House $4,950
Mulvaney, Mick (R-SC) House $2,000
Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK) Senate $4,500
Murphy, Tim (R-PA) House $2,000
Narvaiz, Susan (R-TX) House $250
Newhouse, Dan (R-WA) House $3,000
Noem, Kristi (R-SD) House $2,000
Nunes, Devin (R-CA) House $3,500
Olson, Pete (R-TX) House $3,500
Palazzo, Steven (R-MS) House $1,750
Palmer, Gary (R-AL) House $2,000
Paul, Rand (R-KY) Senate $9,900
Paulsen, Erik (R-MN) House $3,000
Pearce, Steve (R-NM) House $2,000
Perry, Scott (R-PA) House $2,000
Peterson, Collin (D-MN) House $2,000
Pittenger, Robert (R-NC) House $2,000
Poe, Ted (R-TX) House $2,000
Poliquin, Bruce (R-ME) House $9,900
Pompeo, Mike (R-KS) House $2,000
Portman, Rob (R-OH) Senate $9,900
Posey, Bill (R-FL) House $2,000
Price, Tom (R-GA) House $2,000
Ratcliffe, John Lee (R-TX) House $2,500
Reed, Tom (R-NY) House $3,000
Reichert, Dave (R-WA) House $1,000
Renacci, Jim (R-OH) House $2,000
Rice, Tom (R-SC) House $2,000
Roby, Martha (R-AL) House $2,000
Rodgers, Cathy McMorris (R-WA) House $2,500
Rogers, Hal (R-KY) House $2,000
Rogers, Mike D (R-AL) House $2,000
Rohrabacher, Dana (R-CA) House $1,000
Rokita, Todd (R-IN) House $2,000
Rooney, Francis (R-FL) House $1,000
Rooney, Tom (R-FL) House $1,000
Roskam, Peter (R-IL) House $2,000
Ross, Dennis (R-FL) House $2,000
Rothfus, Keith J (R-PA) House $2,000
Rouzer, David (R-NC) House $2,000
Royce, Ed (R-CA) House $2,500
Rubio, Marco (R-FL) Senate $9,900
Russell, Steven (R-OK) House $2,000
Rutherford, John (R-FL) House $1,000
Ryan, Paul (R-WI) House $5,950
Sanford, Mark (R-SC) House $2,000
Scalise, Steve (R-LA) House $4,950
Schweikert, David (R-AZ) House $1,000
Scott, Austin (R-GA) House $2,000
Scott, Tim (R-SC) Senate $4,500
Sensenbrenner, F James Jr (R-WI) House $1,000
Sessions, Pete (R-TX) House $2,500
Shelby, Richard C (R-AL) Senate $4,950
Shimkus, John M (R-IL) House $2,500
Shuster, Bill (R-PA) House $5,950
Simpson, Mike (R-ID) House $2,000
Smith, Adrian (R-NE) House $2,500
Smith, Jason (R-MO) House $2,000
Smith, Lamar (R-TX) House $4,950
Smucker, Lloyd (R-PA) House $5,950
Stefanik, Elise (R-NY) House $2,000
Stewart, Chris (R-UT) House $3,000
Stivers, Steve (R-OH) House $2,000
Szeliga, Kathy (R-MD) Senate $2,000
Tacherra, Johnny (R-CA) House $2,500
Tarkanian, Danny (R-NV) House $4,950
Taylor, Scott W (R-VA) House $3,500
Tenney, Claudia (R-NY) House $5,950
Thompson, Glenn (R-PA) House $2,000
Thornberry, Mac (R-TX) House $2,000
Thune, John (R-SD) Senate $5,000
Tiberi, Pat (R-OH) House $3,000
Tipton, Scott (R-CO) House $3,500
Trott, Dave (R-MI) House $2,000
Trump, Donald (R) Pres $1,065
Turner, Michael R (R-OH) House $2,000
Upton, Fred (R-MI) House $1,000
Valadao, David (R-CA) House $3,500
Vitter, David (R-LA) Senate $4,950
Wagner, Ann L (R-MO) House $2,000
Walberg, Tim (R-MI) House $4,000
Walden, Greg (R-OR) House $2,000
Walker, Mark (R-NC) House $2,000
Walker, Scott (R) Pres $1,750
Walorski, Jackie (R-IN) House $2,000
Walters, Mimi (R-CA) House $2,000
Walz, Tim (D-MN) House $2,000
Ward, Kelli (R-AZ) Senate $500
Weber, Randy (R-TX) House $1,000
Webster, Daniel (R-FL) House $1,000
Wenstrup, Brad (R-OH) House $2,000
Westerman, Bruce (R-AR) House $1,000
Williams, Roger (R-TX) House $2,500
Wilson, Joe (R-SC) House $2,000
Wittman, Rob (R-VA) House $2,000
Womack, Steve (R-AR) House $1,500
Yoder, Kevin (R-KS) House $4,000
Yoho, Ted (R-FL) House $1,000
Young, David (R-IA) House $4,950
Young, Don (R-AK) House $6,950
Young, Todd (R-IN) House $5,950
Zeldin, Lee (R-NY) House $9,900
Zinke, Ryan K (R-MT) House $4,000

**Note that there are 5 House democrats on this list … the other 283 are republicans.

Guns do not belong in schools.  Period.  Children should not shoot guns.  Period.

On a related note, I also read yesterday that Trump’s budget proposal cuts $25 million from programs to improve school safety, climate, and responding to violence.  I bet the NRA’s budget, however, has several million to teach children to shoot guns.  Think about it.

82 thoughts on “Teaching Kids To Shoot Guns???

  1. I think what it all comes down to is this kid had shown many signs of being in trouble and instead of anyone reaching out they watched from a far or pushed the issues aside I wrote a post on it. As I also did not want to write about it the thing that I felt was so disgraceful is how no one interacted and tryed to not only step in for the kid but no one showed enough care for thw possibilities that they all seen coming in the first place. Here are some of the names of my posts you maybe interested in reading. posts: Guns,Guns And More Guns, Another Mass Shooting, What Makes A Bully, What Is Wrong With Our Society and The Realities Of Ignorance. Nice read and catch by the way.

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  2. I can not agree with you on almost anything you said. First lets set the record straight. Mr. Cruz was actually removed and banned from that NRA sponsored program. Second we have a large amount of gun regulation. Where we drop the ball is on actually enforcing those regulations. All the warning bells were going off and the law enforcement community is the ones who dropped the ball. I am for teaching kids to shoot, handle guns safely, promote shooting sports and give them hunter safety certifications. We do not stick our heads in the sand on sexual education and drugs. Then have our kids learn both from where? The media? Because that is exactly what would happen with gun education and the direction we have been going for years. Politicians have to take donations. You think they can run for office on IOU’s? All that being said, I am not for banning AR style rifles and here is why. AR rifles uses have evolved from its traditional role already just like many firearms before its day. AR rifles are used to sport shoot, hunt and for self defense. The great thing about an AR platform is you can interchange upper receivers to change caliber for hunting different game. Other rifles do not afford this option. What I am for is a ban on high capacity magazines unless you have served in the military or law enforcement.

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  3. I truly feel bad for you. Writing about a subject that you know NOTHING about. It’s so easy for you liberal/leftist to parrot others on the left especially the media morons. Critical Thinking, it seems, is beyond your grasp. The NRA ISN’T even in the Top 50 of contributors to members of Congress. PLEASE, go to this website and SEE the TRUTH about the Big Money from orgs. like Big Pharma! https://www.opensecrets.org/overview/toporgs.php?cycle=2016&view=fc

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    • I take umbrage with your remarks, Mr. Singer, not because you disagree with me … I welcome all viewpoints on this blog … but because you felt the need to issue a personal affront when you know nothing about me. I know enough on this topic to discuss it intelligently and know how to do research, which I have done. OpenSecrets website is one of my regular sources. Was your purpose only to raise my hackles? If so, it would be best if you went elsewhere next time, for I demand respect for both myself and my readers. Thank you.

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      • I did not desire to “raise your hackles.” I was just merely pointing out that YOU have no idea what you’re talking about. Calling “42% of Americans mindless…” is nothing more than an ad hominem attack. It remarks like that, along with phrases like…”basket of deplorables..” IS the reason why America said enough is enough! Time for the grown-ups to take control. Speaking as a combat veteran, law enforcement officer and at one time, a substitute teacher, You’re wrong. And implying that some teacher who grabs and removes a rude, misbehaving student from the room would be quick to go to a gun is as ignorant a statement as one could make. It’s apparent that you have no formal firearms training and don’t care enough to do something that would help ensure the safety of Our Children.

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        • Most teachers I have spoken to or heard/seen interviewed over the past few days, are firmly against the idea of arming teachers, for a number of valid reasons. Putting guns into the hands of children is wrong, in my opinion. Children do not possess the maturity levels to make wise choices. But then, neither do the majority of adults, and I include myself in that number, for I neither own nor wish to own a firearm. Weapons, especially those that can kill many in a short time, such as the AR-15, belong to the military and that is the only place they belong. Ignorant, I am not, with a MA in Political Science and a Ph.D. in International Relations. I may not agree with you, but I will not call you ignorant, and I will thank you to not call me so, either.

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  4. And yet there will be people who will earnestly and in all heartfelt sincerity tell you this is the responsible way to approach the issue, to teach children to respect firearms.
    This might work well in many cases, however as every parent knows the capacity for your children to go and do something stupid is unquantifiable. (Hands up all those who have experience of this 🙋‍♂️…ok that’s me for starters!).
    I would be more impressed, or no, I would be impressed if the NRA was to launch a campaign hammering home the message of Responsible Gun Ownership, AND to keep a watchful eye on anyone who might be dangerous and getting its members to sign pledges to this effect….ok it’s not perfect, but it would be a start and take some heat out of the debate…
    Or am I just being a hopelessly naïve Brit?

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  5. I was equally disgusted and alarmed by this revelation and the accompanying photos, Jill. Strict gun control is eminently possible without stomping on the Second Amendment. I watched a fascinating interview with the Idaho Governor (R) this morning on CNN. He was very vehement about Congress bringing in strict gun control laws. I choose to see that as hopeful.

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    • The 2nd Amendment has been interpreted over the years quite liberally, to match the desires of those who must seek to feel powerful through any means other than their own psyche, for in that they are impotent. The reality is that the 2nd Amendment in no way protects the right of all to own semi-automatic weapons, yet because the all-holy NRA says it does, then by interpretation, it does. Sorry for the snarky … I’ve just had too much this week, I think. Quite honestly, the next time I am in a restaurant or book shop and I see a gun poking out of somebody’s belt, I am quite likely going to go jerk it out of their waistband, then run to the restroom and throw it in the toilet! They are so all-fired worried that the government might take their precious guns, perhaps it is we the concerned and intelligent citizens who will be taking them away, one at a time. The time for action is long past.

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      • All I could think of as I read your reply is that I’ve lived such a sheltered life, Jill! The only time I’ve ever seen someone carry a gun is a police officer. Even that disconcerts me! Fortunately, I’ve never seen a civilian carrying a gun in their belt while visiting the States either. That would freak me out! As these shootings continue to occur, some will be driven by fear to buy their own guns. I wonder how many women in the States carry handguns in their purses?

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        • Not sheltered, John … sensible, reasonable, intelligent. It is we who are the aberration, not you. Twice in my life, I have had a gun pointed at me, once by a police officer who thought I was up to no good when a fuse blew in my car, causing my headlights to go out. He pulled me over, came to my door, gun pointed not a foot from my face and ordered me out of the car, even though my three young children were also in the car. The second time was my ex-husband who was angry because the court had ordered him to pay child support. That one … it was funny, but I did not feel fear, only rage, so I lunged toward him and … kicked the heck out of his car … one good swift kick to his Ford Pinto, and crushed the whole driver’s side door in! 😀

          Guns do not belong in the hands of private citizens. Ever. Period. Humans are emotional creatures, and as long as we have no gun regulations, we will continue to see tragedy after tragedy. And I suppose the leaders and evangelists will continue to call for prayer. But frankly, I have seen no results from all of their prayers, and am ready to try something unique, like … oh, say … perhaps stricter gun laws??? What a novel idea , yes? But don’t hold your breath, my friend, for it won’t happen in our lifetime.

          Hugs, John.

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            • When one considers the number of times cops have shot and killed for no reason here in the U.S., you would be smart to avoid them, but … you are white and male, so you’d probably be fine. Yes, my friend, I hope I’m wrong too. There are many times these days that I would like to be proven wrong!

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  6. Let’s also not forget that some politicians want to spend money to arm teachers, but at the same time don’t want to spend money so that schools have adequate supplies for actual teaching. Of course, maybe they are meaning teachers should be mandated to carry arms but have to pay for them themselves. Wouldn’t surprise me…

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    • Yes, there is that current push to arm teachers, and I wish I could say that nobody in their right mind would support such idiocy, I have learned better. It is only a matter of time before tragedy strikes again, somewhere, somehow. And they will call for prayer and they will say, “now is not the time to talk about gun regulation” and more people will die, meanwhile. And those of us who place the value of a single human life above billions of dollars in corporate greed, will continue to fight, all the while knowing that we have outlived this ‘alternative world’. 😥

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  7. Dear Jill,

    As a military brat, I was a participant in gun handling/ marksmanship training but at the worst the training was with a good old fashion rifle.

    This stuff is beyond the pale. Yes, the NRA officials are indeed evil and anyone who kow-tows to them should not be in an elected position.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  8. Children lack the maturity both mentally and emotionally to make sound devisions when critical thinking would be required for actually using gun skills. This is insane. I knew a girl back home who was so into gums and deer hunting she had a pink cammo hand gun and taught her four year old how to use a deer rifle. She was so proud he loved shooting animals. Made me want to throw up. And this?? No ignorance is rampant and growing daily in this country. 😤😞

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  9. I’ve been having an ongoing debate about gun control with someone on Medium. The debate began when I commented on an article that talked about teachers and students practising drills for Code Red alerts – meaning what to do if there is a shooter in the school. I don’t often use the word ‘evil’, but the NRA are an evil organisation. 😦

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    • I agree, but I believe there are some in this country that would like to return to the days of the wild west. Look at Cliven Bundy and his gang of thugs out in Nevada! People in this country have always liked their guns … more now so than ever, it seems.

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    • Yes, the ones that do have such programs are, from what I can tell, in the minority, but even one is one too many. It is, indeed, sickening and that parents would allow their children to participate in such programs is a sign of the illness that infests this nation.

      xxx Cwtch xxx

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      • This nation is certainly ill and broken. I hope those who truly care about the future of our nation can effect positive change – it seems to be an uphill battle.

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        • It is indeed an uphill battle, and frankly the deck is stacked against common sense, reason and humanitarian values at the moment. We must work hard to effect change come November. Love you, my favourite drummier girl!

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