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ACTION ITEM: A low grade for Virginia Gun Safety Curriculum for public schools
For kindergarten, the curriculum talks about people who legitimately have guns, “Helpers who carry a gun as part of their job.” Police, military, and park rangers. Fine and dandy, but NOTHING about mommy and daddy having a gun for protecting the family. Nope, just me being a radical, I guess. How silly of me. Of course only “government officials” have guns for a good purpose!
In higher grades, it becomes “People who use guns to protect.” You guessed it, ONLY government officials are shown. No way a parent would have a gun to protect. They do acknowledge that someone might own a gun for hunting, target shooting, or if an actor in a movie.
This true/false question is asked as part of the curriculum:
“4. Hunting and sport shooting are responsible reasons for an adult to have a gun. True False”
There is no mention of self-defense as a responsible reason for having a gun in the curriculum. How are these children going to look at their parents if they own guns, but don’t hunt or target shoot? Sounds like the answer is “irresponsible.”
The company that developed the publication is RJK and Associates – a company that deals with COMMUNITY VIOLENCE (http://www.rjkandassociates.
Looking at other sources used for the curriculum, many are either hostile towards civilian gun ownership, discourage gun ownership, or they deal with unrelated issues like crime and violence.
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health [PVC: Bloomberg? You know you just can't make this stuff up!]
The Center for Disease Control
Virginia Department of Education: Discipline, Crime, and Violence Annual Report
University of Michigan Health System
The NRA’s wording of the main rules is superior, especially when dealing with children – short non-verbose and direct commands, like:
Don’t touch vs. Leave it alone
Tell an adult vs. Let an adult know
THIS CURRICULUM IS UNACCEPTABLE. As written it is as much government indoctrination as it is firearms safety.
I will be contacting the Governor’s Office about this on Monday and I will let you know what actions they plan on taking to fix this flawed curriculum.
If you would like to send an email to Dr. Patricia Wright, the Superintendent of Public Education for the Virginia Department of Education, here is her email:
You should be polite, but firm, saying that you oppose this curriculum for its skewed, unbalanced agenda, and for implying that murders and assassinations are somehow connected with “gun safety.” Ask why parents aren’t listed as people who use guns to protect instead of just government employees? Ask why a firm which specializes in community violence was chosen to create a curriculum on gun safety, something that is totally unrelated to community violence. Since the curriculum was supposed to be centered around the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program, ask why the NRA was not asked to write the curriculum instead.
Thanks to Alan W. Rose for bringing this to VCDL’s attention.
Here is a link to the curriculum:
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