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Everyone gets a gun...even kids? NRA's new video triggers intense criticism

The NRA's video titled "Everyone gets a gun," was met with heavy criticism among social organizations and parents alike because according to the author of the video, NRA commentator Billy Johnson, children need to be introduced to firearms at a young age. In the video, which was released on Monday, Johnson suggests the idea of kids needing to show gun proficiency in order to advance to the next grade.

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“Just like we teach them reading and writing, necessary skills. We would teach shooting and firearm competency,” Johnson emphasized. “It wouldn’t matter if a child’s parents weren’t good at it. We’d find them a mentor. It wouldn’t matter if they didn’t want to learn. We would make it necessary to advance to the next grade.”

As explained in a July 23 AlterNet report, the video was published as part of the NRA's recent efforts to appeal to a younger and more diverse audience through its NRA News Commentator program.

If an example of how some laws or constitutional items become obsolete and even counterproductive, there is no better one than the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This was demonstrated recently when President Obama proposed to increase gun control, and was defeated by the House of Representatives -- where many owe their seats thanks to campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association.

The pretext of the NRA is that massacres are not avoided by controlling arms but by arming teachers and school trustees to defend students. However, the experiences of other countries show otherwise. In 1996, Australia banned the use of personal firearms and ten years later the murder rate was down 59 percent. For example, in three countries that have some of the lowest crime rates in the world (New Zealand, Iceland and Japan) the regular police do not use weapons. In these countries, the homicide rate ranges between 1 and 1.8 per year per 100,000 inhabitants, while in the United States, it ranges between 5 and 5.8.

The NRA was founded in New York in 1871 and is America's longest-standing civil rights organization. On the NRA's official site, they claim they're proud defenders of history's patriots and diligent protectors of the Second Amendment. The club has approximately 5 million members and its current president is John C. Sigler.

What's your opinion on the NRA's "Everyone gets a gun" stance? Should children be required to learn shooting skills in order to graduate? Share your thoughts on the "Everyone gets a gun" video, which can be viewed in the footage located above this article.

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