Despite the gun prohibitionists' attempt to rebrand themselves as "gun safety" groups, we all know that the National Rifle Association through its training classes and its Eddie Eagle program have instructed more people on gun safety than anyone else. Thus, when I saw that two Houston elementary schools canceled gun safety presentations for their students because they didn't want to be perceived as backing the NRA, I was dismayed.
An elementary school and a preschool in Houston ISD have canceled gun-safety presentations for their young students over concerns that the National Rifle Association crafted the lessons.Supposedly, the principal of Peck Elementary didn't realize that the safety programs had been developed by the NRA. It may have been because the presentation was to be made by officers from the Metropolitan Transit Authority police department. Until she found out that detail, she was all happy about it.
A spokesman for the Houston Independent School District said Tuesday that the principals of Peck Elementary and the Martin Luther King Early Childhood Center did not know the NRA was behind the program.
"The principals made a decision they didn't want to participate in an event that folks could perceive as them taking a position one way or another on the gun control debate or any other debate the NRA is involved in," HISD spokesman Jason Spencer said.
Before cancelling the presentation, the principal of Peck, Carlotta Brown, gave a radio interview on Tuesday morning saying she was "so elated to have a gun safety program at our school today."It is really kind of sad that an "educator" would let political correctness get in the way of protecting the children under her charge.
"We have to make sure that all of our children are safe, our adults are safe and it starts in the elementary school," Brown told KTRH, according to a broadcast on its website.
Brown did not mention the NRA in her comments, but the radio host noted that the association was behind the program and an NRA representative also was interviewed.
Spencer said Brown "did not make the connection that it was an NRA-driven event" until later when a news reporter asked to attend the presentation.
Metro Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said in a statement that he was aware that the NRA's gun-safety curriculum would be used in the schools but said his officers were going to be giving the presentations.
"I am supportive of gun safety and programs that make our community safer by educating our youth," Rodriguez said.