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  •  How about teaching gun safety to kids? (1+ / 0-)
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    The NRA's "Eddie Eagle" program has been presented to 25 million school-age children since it was launched in 1988.

    It may look hokey, but there's nothing like it from Bloomberg, Watts or any of those claiming to be championing a reduction in "gun violence."

    From the NRA description of the course: "Eddie Eagle is never shown touching a firearm, and he does not promote firearm ownership or use. The program prohibits the use of Eddie Eagle mascots anywhere that guns are present.

    "The Eddie Eagle Program has no agenda other than accident prevention - ensuring that children stay safe should they encounter a gun. The program never mentions the NRA. Nor does it encourage children to buy guns or to become NRA members."

    If you don't believe it, a call to the NRA will get you samples of the materials.

    As I mentioned, there are fees charged for the courses, but the NRA set up the NRA Foundation to raise money to allow the Foundation to make grants that include covering the cost of those fees for schools, daycare centers and libraries.

    According to Open Secrets, the NRA spent $4,576,474 on lobbying, campaign contributions and other political activities.

    According to its most annual report, the NRA Foundation, a 501c (3) not-for-profit organization, spent  $13,518,518 on grants for child and hunter safety training, firearm safety and marksmanship training for civilians and law enforcement and shooting sports competition. That's 2.95 times the amount the NRA-ILA spent on influence.

    Michael Bloomberg wants to spend $50 million blackmailing politicians that don't agree with him.

    Go back to that "Everytown" video: which would been of more practical value in preventing a tragedy? Eddie Eagle or a possibly embarrassed member of Congress?

    The great difficulty comes in getting the word out there.  

    Perhaps you recall that Daniel Defense bought a Super Bowl ad. If you watch the spot, you will note that no Daniel Defense products were actually shown.

    Do you remember seeing the ad during the big game? Of course you don't; it never aired because the NFL wouldn't allow it.

    And it's not just the NRA. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade group, sponsors Project ChildSafe, an effort to enlist gun owners to take steps to prevent children from becoming victims of firearm accidents. Their slogan is "Own it, Respect it, Secure it."

    The NSSF also offers free DVDs to teachers.

    Sadly, even programs like these can't get any airtime on the networks or major cable channels. Networks and stations get to pick and choose from the many public service announcements they receive and we learned long ago that those concerning firearms that aren't anti-private gun ownership aren't getting played.

    •  Because it's nothing more than a cover for (0+ / 0-)

      propagandizing children.

      This is the country of those three great rights: freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and the wisdom never to exercise either of them. -- Mark Twain.

      by JJustin on Mon May 19, 2014 at 11:53:35 PM PDT

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