My parents once gave me a tie clip with a tiny derringer on it, which I wore to school frequently. Occasionally, I loaded it…you see, the gun took a miniscule cap, and when you pulled the trigger, the report was shockingly loud. Had this been the kind of itsy-bitsy gun that 12-year-old Joseph Lyssikatos had on his key chain (his gun was slightly larger than a quarter; mine was slightly smaller than a nickel), then his school might have had a valid reason to object. But it wasn’t. His gun was a decoration only, but it didn’t stop the school from suspending him for three days.
I’ve been pretty dense about these cases, I must admit. I used to think it was just no-tolerance idiocy, merged with post-Sandy Hook paranoia, that was behind all of the silly news stories. It finally dawned on me that it is far more sinister than that: this is a deliberate and relentless process of state indoctrination. The schools, teachers and administrators are determined to make future generations of Americans just as fearful and negatively disposed toward guns, and thus toward self-sufficiency and the Second Amendment, while pushing them to embrace complete dependence on a government that cannot be depended upon, and trust in a government that has proven progressively more untrustworthy.
This is the only rational explanation for students being harassed and punished all over the country for photos, screensavers, toys, T-shirts, LEGOs, fingers, first names, pizzas, pastries, essays and anything else that looks like or suggests a gun in any way. At a certain point, Hanlon’s Razor ( “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”) must be trumped by Occam’s Razor (“The simplest solution is usually the right one.”) It strains credulity that mouth-breathing morons run our schools coast-to-coast. There is stupid, after all, and there is too stupid to live. Really believing that a key chain poses an instant threat—even my diabolical tie clip couldn’t hurt anyone (by the way, it was an Easter gift. This should give you some idea of the strangeness of my upbringing….)—is just too ridiculous to be the likely explanation. Attempting to send Joseph and his classmates the message that guns are evil in concept and reality, however, is very consistent with the dominant ideology of U.S. educators.
Ideological indoctrination is wrong, and utterly so. Recognizing it for what it is cannot be avoided if proper measures are to be taken in response by parents who object to their children being brainwashed according to liberal cant (or any cant, for that matter.) This is the United States, and schools that do things like punishing students for liking guns are trying to make the nation something very different. Nobody should be fooled. I have proposed that teachers and administrators who attempt political or ideological indoctrination of any kind be fired, and that it should be a no-tolerance policy…as in this situation, for example, where students were shown Oprah’s creepy 2008 “I Pledge To Serve Barack Obama” film.
Thus television, a far more pervasive force in our culture than the schools, inadvertently does the culture a great service in its reckless exploitation of gun violence. It is impossible to watch TV for more than a couple of hours and not see lives saved and ordinary people help good triumph over evil with the help of a gun. The message is simplistic, and there are dangerous distortions in it, but if such entertainment renders anti-gun indoctrination through the abuse of innocent children impotent, that is something to applaud.
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