The issue of gun control hasn’t gotten a lot of attention in the past few weeks, not with the Zimmerman case hogging the spotlight. I predict that said case will inevitably raise that question again, but in the meantime I’d like to take a look at another walk of American life where guns are not the most popular objects: schools.
Now I’m not suggesting anything as absurd as public school curriculum including courses on marksmanship aimed at five-year-olds, but I have noticed an interesting pattern when it comes to schools and guns. Have you noticed that every once in a while the news talks about a kid bringing a toy gun to school or pointing a chicken finger in similar fashion to a firearm? Have you then noticed that the respective school’s administration reacts like the kid hid an IED in his jeans and admitted having ties to Al Qaida?
Let’s look at a couple of examples of how public schools are cracking down on guns. First there was Hunter Spanjer. This story has been circulating on a lot of Conservative blogs lately even though it happened about a year ago. For those of you who don’t know, a deaf three-year-old student in Grand Islands, Nebraska was asked to change the sign for his name because the hand gesture looked too much like a gun. Although the school did eventually back off, the fact that it would put Hunter and his parents through such idiocy is appalling, no?
How about seven-year-old Christopher Marshall in Suffolk, Virginia back in May? He was suspended for pointing a pencil and imitating machine gun noises with his mouth. According to Spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw, the infamous “zero tolerance” policy dictates that “a pencil is a weapon when it is pointed at someone in a threatening way and gun noises are made.”
One more, and then my point, I promise: in Palmer, Massachusetts a six-year-old (last name Crane, first name withheld) was threatened with suspension for bringing a Lego gun, a toy literally smaller than a quarter, onto his school bus. Again, the school backed off (presumably because they had no way to justify such stupidity), but again they put the family through all sorts of undue stress.
I have more, like the kid who was interrogated by police until he wet himself over a plastic cowboy revolver, or the fact that a school in Hayward, California held a toy gun buy-back program to entice kids to hand in their toy guns 1984 style, but I’ll skip ahead to my point.
Why all this insanity? Why the rabid dog reactions to fingers and tiny hunks of plastic and pencils? Most Conservative blogs ring with cries of “insanity” and “stupidity,” but I don’t buy that. Maybe that’s true for the average teacher or librarian that would enforce such nonsense, but what about this absurdly overbearing “zero tolerance” garbage? That came from the brass, the higher ups, and I suspect their motives (considering they are more or less overpaid politicians) are much better thought out.
You see, “zero tolerance” isn’t stupid; it’s brilliant. It’s nefarious and sick, to be sure, but brilliant nonetheless.
Here’s what’s happening: your kids are having the idea forced into their heads that whenever someone so much as holds a pencil like a gun, so much as points his fingers in a manner resembling a gun or even just mentions a gun in some cases, bad things happen. The police come, you get suspended, in the worst cases there’s a big media fiasco, but the point that’s being driven home is this: anything to do with guns = bad things happen.
Do you see what’s happening? They’re creating a subconscious fear of guns in your children in a manner that would put Pavlov to shame. They’re creating a phobia of guns as objects, and by doing so they are breeding an entire generation of zealous anti-gun voters. What better to serve the socialistic tyranny that the political Left dreams of than a generation of voters that literally fears firearms?
I know some of you might be thinking that such an engineered fear can be easily fixed with facts and data, and while that might be true in some cases, the thing to remember is that a phobia is, by definition, an emotion-based irrational fear, meaning that facts and rationale don’t play a role.
At the end of the day, I can’t stress enough to American parents just how important it is to talk to your kids about what they’re hearing and seeing in school. Just last year my father told me that I once came home from elementary school and told him that my teacher had taught me that the story of the light bulb was a lie, and that it was actually invented by one of Thomas Edison’s slaves.
So please, talk to your kids, because given the chance the socialists will turn them into their drones and they won’t lose a wink of sleep over it.