For the last few days I’ve had to read the opinion page of The Sun News at the open back door of my kitchen to allow the hot air to dissipate. This disturbs my breakfast.
As best I can tell, reading through the smoke, there seems to be an up-swell of outrage at the idea that our children will be taught about the Bill of Rights. This seems to emanate from the dark cloud of censorship regarding one of those rights, namely the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and the super-charged energy of ignorance about who and what the NRA is.
Everyone knows that people in general, but young people especially, are curious about things they don’t understand. The school system wants to inform the kids about their Constitution, and that includes guns. Properly done it will also include the safe handling of those guns.
To that end, educators have turned to the largest source of educational resources to provide advice and material on the subject, namely the National Rifle Association. Kudos to them. Shame on those who turn their ignorance of the organization into a storm of outrage at what they know nothing about.
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I’ve always subscribed to an old axiom about knowledge: “What is it you’re afraid I’ll find out?”
The writer lives in Little River.