Maybe this is a quid pro quo action on the part of the gov. The NRA did help him get elected, after all.
The Republican governor of Virginia has quietly changed a state law last month that would teach gun safety to elementary school students, mandating that it use a gun safety program run by the NRA.
The National Rifle Association exerts considerable influence in American politics, and has recently won a series of victories in the US Congress. Democratic leaders have been reluctant to challenge the powerful lobbying group, in part because they rely on a more conservative bloc of Democrats for their control of the legislative branch.
Now, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has delivered the NRA another coup: a monopoly on teaching gun safety to schoolchildren from kindergarten to fifth grade.
The website for the NRA child gun safety program says their goal "isn't to teach whether guns are good or bad, but rather to promote the protection and safety of children."
Do you believe that? Do you believe an NRA sponsored program of gun safety can be delivered without the slightest indication of whether they feel guns are good or bad? I don't. I believe such a program would be a form of advertising for the gun culture.
It reminds me of the discussions about teaching safe sex in schools? When a health educator explains the way condoms are used to prevent disease and pregnancy, don't the conservatives say this is tantamount to encouraging the kids to have sex? I disagree with that. I believe that sex education is just what it's supposed to be. And it saves lives.
So what it boils down to is the gun culture hurts people and safe sexual practices helps them. The conservatives have it exactly backwards as usual.
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.