“If we want older kids to not think guns are cool, we need to start early.”
—-Charles Hill, Principal of the Strobridge Elementary School in Hayward, California, advocating his school’s toy gun buy-back program.
I would also nominate this as the most chilling quote of the week, the month, and perhaps the year. It is an admission that this principal, and this school—and, like cockroaches, there is never just one rogue school—are interested not in education and the conveyance of knowledge, but indoctrination, compelling children how to think and what to believe, regardless of the desires of their parents and the values of the nation.
This has been the clear underlying purpose of schools, public and private, since the Sandy Hook tragedy and before. The fact that the Secretary of Education and the President, as well as national leaders of both parties—yes, both parties, as I still presume that freedom of thought is equally valued by anyone worthy of election to high office– have not emphatically condemned the trend of political indoctrination in the schools is inexcusable.
It is not remotely the function of schools, school boards, principals, administrators or teachers…or, obviously, the local governments they work for and the national governments that provide them partial funding, to make children think that anything “isn’t cool,” other than ignorance, unethical values, irresponsible conduct and poor citizenship. Children should not think unwarranted violence is cool, or the misuse of weapons, carelessness, stupidity and the unjust use of force. They have every right, however, to think guns themselves are cool, whatever the assorted ideologues, dim-bulbs, anti-gun zealots, phobics and weenies teaching them might prefer that they think, all the better to repeal the Second Amendment when they can vote. Children must be permitted this just as they must be permitted to believe that other things are cool, like swords, martial arts, same-sex marriage, gays, explosions, good sex, beautiful women, beautiful men, muscles, the military, the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, secret agents, winning World War II, D-Day, heroism under fire,police, catching the bad guys, killing the bad guys when necessary, comic books, dying for what you believe in, NASCAR, rap music, Quentin Tarentino movies, John Wayne punching an outlaw in the mouth, religion, Jesus, Dan Brown, patriotism, Democrats, Republicans, socialists, environmentalists, tea partiers, lawyers, capitalists, poor people, rich people, white people, black people, Rudyard Kipling, Tony Morrison, Ronald Reagan, Franklin Roosevelt, the Founders, the Beatles, baseball, individualism, feeling good about winning, courage, losing when you’ve done your best, imagination, non-conformity and did I mention guns?
What definitely isn’t cool is schools abusing their power and authority with lame attitude readjustment schemes like toy gun buy-backs. It’s wrong, It’s unethical. It’s offensive to free thought. Will it work? Oh, I doubt it. But it is far more vital to this nation’s safety and survival that we rid ourselves of school administrators like aspiring propaganda minister Charles Hill than the cool guns he fears.
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