Amazing how easy schools can indoctrinate children
Over dinner we typically discuss everyone's day and touch on current events. I like the idea of having the kids think of others and not just themselves, to have an outlet for discussion, and to think of the bigger picture. Some days are better than others, and some days are full of surprises.
Last night my two elementary school aged children mentioned the two-year anniversary of the Tucson shooting where Gabby Giffords was shot. They went on to tell me how "guns are bad and just used to shoot people." Wow, these are kids that go shooting with me on a regular basis, who have been exposed to firearms (and safety around firearms) their entire life, who are interested in hunting, and who are excited about going to training later this year. There was obviously a logical disconnect, but how could that have happened - and happened so quickly?
So, we started to discuss this more. I asked specific questions, and got answers like "guns and concealed carry are good for you, but new people shouldn't get them." I replied, "So, I guess that means that you won't have any guns, including any of mine after I die?" They hadn't thought of that. I then asked them, "So, what happens when you are in a mall, at the grocery store, or even sitting home watching TV when someone or a small group of people decide to hurt everyone?" Answer: "We'll wait for the police!" Me - "What if you can't call them, or if it takes them 5 or 10 minutes to come - what now?" Answer: "That's why you have concealed carry, Dad." Bizarre.
We then talked about how bad people do bad things with whatever tools they have access to - knives in China, bombs in some places, sometimes they drive a car into groups of people, sometimes they start buildings on fire, and sometimes they use guns. The problem is the people, not the tools they use. Each of the tools can be used for good and bad, just like a hammer or a saw. That seemed to click.
We then talked about good and bad, right and wrong, and how we determine that. We talked about how believing in something other than yourself helps make people think twice about doing really bad things because they think about what happens to them after they get killed or kill themselves. They got this.
We then talked about how all this came about. It started with instruction about what to do if they see strangers in the school, see guns anywhere, or hear anyone talking about violence. That message was reinforced daily, and each day there were variations (maybe to keep things interesting, but more likely to promote their agenda). An anti-gun message was central to that messaging. At one point my son said he spoke up, but his teacher shut him down and didn't want to talk about it.
I'm thinking about the next steps with regards to the teachers and/or school. But, I thought that I would post this as it only took two weeks to get my kids thinking in a way that is inconsistent with what they have been taught and experienced themselves. If you have younger kids then you might want to chat with them to help ensure that something similar isn't happening to them.