As the only girl in a family full of brothers, growing up in rural North Carolina, I learned to appreciate firearms early. From handguns to shotguns, there was no shortage. It was a glorious time. Nobody was labeled a threat just for owning one, nor was there any gasping and grasping of the pearls, if someone had a rifle in a gun rack inside their pickup, out in the high school parking lot.
Having lived through all of that with no major problems, it actually boggles the mind to hear of elementary school students becoming the center of controversy for forming a pretend gun with their thumb and index finger, or biting a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun (allegedly). When schools step in to punish childhood imagination, something is wrong, but not with the kids.
Now turn your focus to Carver Middle School, in Colorado City, Colorado. Working in conjunction with Project Appleseed, and with the permission of the parents, firearms are brought into the school, in order to dispel the stigma leftists have sought to use in an effort to enact their goal of disarming citizens.
The students are taught to respect firearms, rather than to fear them. They’re allowed to handle different guns, and under supervision, are allowed to shoot them at a firing range on the last day of class.
When the only experience some kids have with guns are through video games or rap videos, it’s easy to see how their views can become so skewed. We need more schools willing to step up and teach founding principles and constitutional rights, rather than attempt to indoctrinate them into some dead end philosophy of cultural Marxism.
“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
– Samuel Adams, Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788