Imagine how differently this narrative would read if the topic were “proper condom usage” or “safe sex.”
The ever-enterprising gun control group Moms Demand Action is picking a fight with a public school over its use of the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle to teach basic gun safety to kindergartners and 3rd graders.
MDA is upset with Forest Hills Elementary teacher Daniel Krestar, who uses the NRA’s materials in his “Gun Shop” course to teach children how to act if they come across a firearm. Krestar, who teaches in a district where more than 80 percent of homeowners own a gun, told Yahoo! Parenting his class isn’t intended to politicize the issue; it’s simply intended to help kids stay safe using proven techniques.
“This course isn’t pro-gun or anti-gun; we teach kids how to be safe around guns and not to be passive bystanders,” he said.
But that in itself is political enough for MDA’s Jennifer Hoppe, who told Yahoo! it’s “atrocious” to expose young children to what she described as an “adult problem.”
“It’s atrocious to put the onus of gun safety onto children; this is an adult problem. Every gun that’s gotten into the hands of a child has first been under the control of an adult. A program that tries to dodge that is disingenuous.”
Hoppe never explains the logic she uses to connect the teaching of basic safety with the obvious fact that adults own firearms, nor does she explain how a course intended to prevent firearms accidents represents a “problem.” Further, it’s hard to imagine this kind of progressive pushback over public school programs that teach (some might say encourage) children to safely manage their early forays into sexual promiscuity.
The Gun Shop class isn’t forced on the kids; it’s an optional class that’s open to parents as well as the kids. Participants “watch videos featuring Eddie Eagle, an animated bird character created by the National Rifle Association (NRA) who teaches kids four steps to take if they see a gun — stop, don’t touch, run away, and tell a grown-up — along with videos about McGruff the Crime Dog, a cartoon bloodhound featured in classic crime awareness ads,” Yahoo! reports.