The Truth Behind School Anti-Gun Madness: In The Battle of the Razors, Occam’s Beats Hanlon’s

"GUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

“GUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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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Pointer and Graphic: Fark

Facts: UPI

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17 responses to “The Truth Behind School Anti-Gun Madness: In The Battle of the Razors, Occam’s Beats Hanlon’s

  1. Michael R.

    Careful, you don’t know what you are wishing for. List all of the things that the educational system has pushed for by ideological indoctrination in the last 40 years. You will find that many of those are now widely accepted and that you agree with a lot of them. How many of them wouldn’t have the support they do today without the ideological indoctrination of the school system? Do you believe any of them because of ideological indoctrination?

    • No, I do. Obviously the culture is the culture, and basic cultural values need to be taught. Not contentious politically loaded ideologies. Not “Pro” or “anti” capitalism, religion, environmentalism, diversity, gun policy, social justice, global warming, militarism, abortion, energy policy, etc. My parents taught me, and I was encouraged to read, and any time a teacher crossed the line, Major Marshall appeared to lay down the law. I really don’t care what’s accepted or not, or whether a teacher is “right” or not. It’s not their job.

  2. Oh, crap. Curmie’s gotta get writing again.

  3. Gregg

    “It strains credulity that mouth-breathing morons run our schools coast-to-coast.”
    No, no, no it does not.
    I realize that your blogging may have stretched your credulity muscles to the point of strain or injury, but believe it. The position of school administrator primarily attracts drones, bullies, blowhards and distracteds of the “look! squirrel!” variety, and provides very serious disincentives to behave any other way. The last generation of promoted teachers and coaches is dying out, and their positions are filled straight from the mealiest parts of off-brand academia. The result is leaders who follow – and follow the loudest, most pearl-clutchy panickers. They may not have been born that way. They may not even want to be that way. But they are morons. They couldn’t run a conspiracy to indoctrinate people into thinking ice cream is delicious. But they could, over and over again, nail the school doors shut to stop drafts, and then light the roof on fire to demonstrate green energy.

  4. When a kid can graduate without knowing how to read but believes guns are evil then schools are indoctrination camps.

  5. ByTheFarmstead

    “This is the only rational explanation” I don’t think it’s rationality. It’s fear and squeamishness. The idea if if they make guns such a horrible idea all violence will end, They miss the point that using force or cyber bullying won’t go away if every gun on the planet disappeared and all understanding of how they were made goes too. Other weapons will fill in the gap.

    It’s human nature that needs to grow up and get a grip. Shooters need purpose and a future that is more desirable than a rampage. Criminals need to see there are options with a better future. Anti hunters need to get that food chains need predators to be healthy.

    Remove the guns and human nature will march merrily on.

  6. Jj

    There is a dichotomy of permissiveness between TV/Movie/Video Games and public education… Gun violence is acceptable in media because adults can profit greatly by its exploitation. Children can watch but they better not participate.

    Sort of reminds me of the Hypocrisy between the NCAA and its “student athletes” Colleges exploit these amateurs for billions, yet if they get a dinner or some shoes the consequences are severe.

  7. FinlayOshea

    Good post, Jack.
    This is my favorite part:

    “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.”

  8. dragin_dragon

    However, and we should all be aware of this, guns are not the only issue in which our children are being indoctrinated. A few years back, here in Texas, the Texas Revolution was being taught as a “racist” war. The teacher involved was, of course, fired (this is Texas, after all). For informational purposes only, the teacher involved was a black woman from New York.

    • Kat B.

      You know if a teacher cannot teach Texas History correctly, then they should be tar’d & feather’d and rode out of town on a rail….and that school must have been nuts for hiring a New York’er to teach Texas History..hope the students passed the class knowing the truth.

  9. Kat B.

    “State indoctrination” true true….and use fear to get the message across. Soon we will see a lot of wild eyed kids who will be running the show….

  10. Alan Rage

    Jack,

    This just begins to scratch the surface on whats going on and a small portion of the resulting underlying cause that is continuance of the enforcement of a sinister agenda.

    Cross reference Project MKUltra — not so much the LSD bits, but the list of drug types with common food / water, and the awareness that an agenda of conspiratorial nature can be achieved without the participants awareness.

    It is true, that schools in western civilization (Canada as well), are a mechanism of control. The term “educate” or “education” has been grievously deviated from what it is (or once was) believed intentions were. Evidence lies in the dumbing down of society to an almost unbearable point, by reducing the curriculum to a lower standard then setting the passing bar at a lower mark. This gives statistically a higher education pass to fail rate, however society as a whole crumbles becoming more and more dependent on “smart” people to do the more important jobs.

    Then there is the fear factor of things. Driving fear into people incites the desire for safety. Add in a scapegoat for fear, and now you have a common “enemy” to hate. Once you have this concoction in place, now propose a solution which will both attack the common enemy, and offer more safety — only the most intelligent would deny such an obvious tactic to strip one of their alleged freedom.

    Gun control, for example does EXACTLY that. While there are many devastating tragedies that happen, all news broadcasts / papers that are owned by your government truly, disseminate and propagate perpetually that which suits their personal agenda. For example, why on earth do I know about what happened in Columbine ? I live in CANADA … There are shootings in our schools here and streets, and stores, and so on — we have no accepted right to bear arms, yet this issue is not pushed so hard here as we are already disarmed. Only the police and military bear arms here. I believe the issue is pushed to incite a hatred, and what better way than to show children being hurt —- boils back down to the government using subjects which they know people are susceptible to such as “for the children” against you, so if you DO NOT agree, then YOU are a social outcast because other people will / or you fear other people will look down upon you for not agreeing because after all — it’s for the children.

    It has been almost a hundred years since there was any significant fighting back against your oppressor in western society. I believe that this dynamic is possibly one of the best mechanisms to ensure a solid foundation for government if they are under the fear of the people — we as a people should not be afraid. Given that this dynamic has changed significantly (polar opposite), so has the “power” which is now incessantly abused on every facet, and right in front of you.

    On that note, I dearly agree with you on this.

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