Jan 28, 201309:54 AMBlaska's Bring It!
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Let’s teach our children about firearms
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New York City intellectual Pauline Kael was said to have remarked that she knew of no one who served in the all-volunteer military or any of their families.
That is the insular and oh-so-cultured mindset that frames the Sunday New York Times (get ready for snotty quotation marks) “exposé,” “Selling a new generation on guns.”
The industry’s youth-marketing effort is backed by extensive social research and is carried out by an array of nonprofit groups financed by the gun industry, an examination by The New York Times found.
No shoe polish, Sherlock! Well, let’s hope so! Who better to finance this worthwhile endeavor?
Of course, The Times, liberal to its core, thinks it has found (pardon the expression) the smoking gun. The gun industry is trying to sell guns to kids! No doubt hanging around schoolyards. “Psst. Hey kid, come over here.”
Whom, one asks (attempting to keep a civil tongue), are they kidding? The kids I grew up with on the farm not only wanted guns but had guns and shot those guns.
Is there an East Coast, Cuomo-Bloomberg blackout of the classic 1983 movie A Christmas Story? What does little Ralphie want for Christmas, class? “I want an official Red Ryder carbine-action two-hundred-shot Range Model air rifle!”
The story was set in the 1940s, guys. It was not science fiction. Ran into old friend Scott Hassett, former DNR secretary under Doyle, after Mike Miller’s funeral in Stoughton Saturday. Told me he had started reloading shotgun shells at age 14. Your irascible scrivener patrolled the fencerows on our farm with Dad’s 12-gauge around the same age.
Teach your children well
Responsible adults NEED to teach firearms to our children. That’s what they do in Switzerland, a country that has about as many guns per capita as the U.S. with 0.5 gun homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 2010, compared to 5.0/100,000 in the U.S. and 91/100,000 in worst-case Honduras.
Switzerland is “a gun culture that works,” Time magazine observes.
In that undefeated country, “nobody bats an eye at the sight of a civilian riding a bus, bike or motorcycle to the shooting range, with a rifle slung across the shoulder,” Time reports.
One of the reasons the crime rate in Switzerland is low despite the prevalence of weapons ... is the culture of responsibility and safety that is anchored in society and passed from generation to generation. Kids as young as 12 belong to gun groups in their local communities, where they learn sharpshooting. The Swiss Shooting Sports Association runs about 3,000 clubs and has 150,000 members, including a youth section. ...
The Time writer avers that “the Swiss mentality can’t be transposed to the current American reality.” But the current reality is today, not tomorrow. Time quotes a British professor of criminology and public policy: “If people have a responsible, disciplined and organized introduction into an activity like shooting, there will be less risk of gun violence.”
Who is this Brit? An NRA plant?
Indeed, thousands of young people have been taught safe gun handling through the Wisconsin DNR’s Hunter Safety Education program, taught by volunteers like Ray Anderson, Ken Heim, and John Karcher – three of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. (The course is required to obtain a hunting license if born after 1972.)
A hunter education class photo from the DNR web page.
Michael Moore would be so proud
More food for the paranoid, courtesy of The Times, is this headline: “New Hampshire police chiefs hold a gun raffle to raise money for youths.”
One might suppose, if one was ignorant on the subject of firearms, that the police in the “Live Free or Die” state were selling raffle tickets to kids. The story does not bother to correct that impression. Nor does it divulge the cause for which the money is being raised. Instead, it quotes a coven of Democrats expressing shock and dismay.
For the record, federal law prohibits licensed dealers from selling a rifle or shotgun to anyone under 18 and a handgun to anyone under 21. Persons under 18 are prohibited from possessing a handgun. Wisconsin state law prohibits anyone (dealer or not) from selling a firearm to anyone younger than 18. Juveniles under 16 cannot carry a firearm in the state unless accompanied by a parent or at a firearm hunter safety course or (if 14 or 15 years old) having completed the course and not at all until age 10.
The NY Times won’t tell you that.