One of the worst things that you can do to your kids is to refuse to help them understand something so that they can have an understanding of why they shouldn’t do something (or when they should).
Take alcohol, for example. A smart parent makes sure that it’s clear to their kids that getting drunk causes people to do things that they wouldn’t otherwise want to do because of the repercussions. You know, things like getting pregnant or driving drunk and getting into an accident. You don’t help your kids to make a smart decision about if and/or when it’s okay to use alcohol (even as an adult) and to what extent (how much they decide to drink).
But it’s this exact shortsightedness that an anti-gunner politician in one southwest state had when she put together a proposal in that state for the (supposed) purpose of keeping kids safe. Dan Zimmerman writes,
Remember, no one knows what’s better for you or your children than the state. Being a mouth-breathing, gap-toothed, deplorable insurrectionist gun owner, you can’t possibly be entrusted with the responsibility of knowing if, when, or how your children should be introduced to the proper use of firearms.
Senator [Antoinette] Lopez has introduced SB 224 that’s ostensibly “an act relating gun safety.” In addition to mandating the “safe storage” of all firearms in the Land of Enchantment, Lopez’s bill would fine any parent who dares to take little Johnny or Janey to a shooting range without complying with the state’s preconditions.
If signed into law, New Mexicans could be fined $1000 for taking a child under 12 years old for a day of plinking, no matter how safely you conduct yourselves. If your kid is at least 12, the government will allow you to pop a couple of soda cans with your 10/22, but there’s a hurdle you’ll have to clear before enjoying an afternoon of fun.
What is that hurdle? Your kid will have to “successfully” complete “a firearm safety training course.” Now, the language of the bill doesn’t say what qualifies as “a firearm safety training course” or what “successful” completion means. Will than mean that your kids must be able to repeat back the mindless anti-gun mantras of Michael Bloomberg and company? Will your kids need to be trained to riot against intersectional oppression to successfully complete that course?
We don’t know, and that’s concerning. Based on the bill’s wording, could a parent simply say that they took the kid through a firearm safety training course? That parent is likely to have more patience and take more time to make sure that their kid is safe with the gun than an instructor can be with a number of children in the class.
But it’s likely to be that, if passed, this bill would force you to fork out money to take your kids through that course because, hey, anti-gunners can’t have you raising your kids to be self-sufficient adults independent of government meddling in their lives. That won’t do at all, will it?
P.S. If you’re looking for good information related to gun safety, the video series below may be a good place to start.