— billmon (@billmon1) July 23, 2014
From Timothy Johnson at Media Matters:
A new commentary video from the National Rifle Association suggests we can live up to the Founding Fathers’ ideals by creating “gun-required zones,” and making gun training for children “necessary to advance to the next grade.”
In a July 21 NRA News video titled “Everyone Gets A Gun,” NRA News commentator Billy Johnson said, “We don’t have a U.S. gun policy. We have a U.S. anti-gun policy” that is based on “the assumption that we need to protect people from guns” and “that guns are bad or dangerous.”
Instead Johnson wondered what gun policies the United States would have “if we designed gun policy from the assumption that people need guns — that guns make people’s lives better.” Johnson then made the following recommendations that would “encourage” and might “reward” people “to keep and bear arms at all times.”…
Media Matters has the video, if you’re having trouble wrapping your head around this.
And even before we get into the weeds of who’d be paying for all this new mandatory training (not the NRA, of course, unless they get a Michelle Rhea-level markup on their proprietary materials), let’s consider how well the Red States already handle their Sex Ed education. (I’ll leave the ‘this is my weapon, this is my gun’ jokes to the ex-military commentors.):
* According to abstinence-only gun ed, handling your weapon for anything other than essential maintenance will sap your vital essence, expose you to contact-borne diseases like herpes and MRSA, and quite probably increase your chances of developing cancer.
* Lest we encourage shooting promiscuity, bullets will only be sold to those over 18 who show a proficiency license, and the people staffing the locked bullet cabinets should ideally be Quakers or Buddhists.
Add your own suggestions in the comments.