Your Kids … and School

If you have kids, and you own guns, you have probably taught even your very young children the fundamentals of gun safety. As they grow, you will likely teach them more advanced firearm handling and shooting skills based on their age, interest and talent. This is all good.

However, it has become increasingly clear that you need to consider a different kind of training for your school-age children. I am talking about teaching your children how to handle anti-gun bias and propaganda that they encounter at school. And don’t delude yourself into thinking that it isn’t happening in your child’s school. With few exceptions, anti-gun bias is the norm in just about every school in America, including some private schools.

The anti-gun bias in the educational community has long been a problem, especially in colleges and universities. But it is now clear that there is an ongoing assault on gun ownership in K-12 schools. If you do not know with absolute certainty what is going on at your kid’s school, you owe it to your kids to find out. You might be shocked at what they are being taught.

The fact is that your children will likely be exposed to more and more blatant anti-gun propaganda, including being asked to write essays on topics like “why no one should own a gun” or other such nonsense. Talk to your children about what they hear in class. If they are young, keep the conversation gentle; they must not feel that they are the problem.

You may also want to teach them how to deal with inappropriate questions from teachers. If your younger children are asked, “Do you have guns in your house?” a good answer might be, “My parents told me that’s family business and that I’m not allowed to talk about it.” Find what works for your children. Also, meet with their teachers, and make sure they understand that you are no doormat.

If your kids are in high school, they could easily be subject to harassment or even disciplinary action for not participating in anti-gun protests that other students have joined. The suspiciously well-organized walk-outs that occurred after the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting are perfect examples. Within hours, students appeared with professionally produced signs, and within days, expensive luxury motor coaches were lined up to take students to other demonstrations.

Unfortunately, teachers have clearly chosen sides, ridiculing and humiliating those who refuse to go along. Many are even offering extra credit to students who participate in anti-gun activities while denying similar consideration for those who join pro-2nd Amendment counter-protests.

One school official was even recorded grabbing “Don’t Tread on Me” flags from pro-gun-rights protestors. When I saw that, I wondered why the kids let him take their flags. But more importantly, I asked, “Where were the parents?” Time and again, such blatant violations of our rights take place, and too many on our side sit back and either do or say nothing. Frankly, it’s a disgrace.

And just because your kid is not the target this time, don’t hide your head in the sand. Join with like-minded parents and march down to school offices (ideally accompanied by an attorney or at least the threat of one) and demand change. Take a day off from work, if necessary. Isn’t your child worth it? Bottom line — get informed, get involved, and fight back. To paraphrase an ancient Hebrew saying, “If not me, who? If not now, when?”