The Department of Justice’s United States Attorney’s office in South Carolina is sponsoring a contest for elementary, middle and high school students in the state to design “gun safety” logos in its “Project Sentry” program. The deadline for entries in this, the tenth annual observance of the contest, is April 5.
“Discuss with your students the goal of the contest -- to prevent gun violence in your school by educating fellow students about the dangers of gun violence,” the rules page advises teachers, confirming that entries are to be prepared under the encouragement and guidance of the schools.
Indeed, the contest winners page credits participating schools along with the students who created the designs, which feature all kinds of depictions of guns and even fatal violence.
But here’s the hypocrisy: Students are encouraged to depict guns if it is useful to an anti-gun agenda being promoted by the government. But if a student simply draws a gun, has a gun photo on a laptop, has a gun-shaped piece of paper, wears an “offensive” t-shirt or even points a finger, they’re likely to run afoul of the school’s “zero tolerance” policy and find themselves suspended. That makes actually having a toy gun extra-double bad. And if bubbles are involved, the “adults” in charge may just brand your five-year-old a “terrorist threat.”
The blatant hypocrisy of encouraging gun depictions when they support a disarmament agenda while “free agents” get persecuted should hardly be surprising -- after all, the contest is being sponsored by a “Justice” Department currying favor from a top guy who has made no secret of his desire to “brainwash” (his words) people on guns -- and who is more susceptible than young people trusting adults to teach them?
The contest spurs a desire to monkeywrench the entire evil little enterprise, perhaps encourage readers to fake an entry form and enter their own designs in an Alinsky Rule 5 protest, but perhaps something more fruitful would be for pro-freedom parents of children in South Carolina schools to take the initiative to encourage their youngsters to enter the contest with logos that depict real gun safety -- not the avoidance, ignorance, hysteria and Pavlovian hoplophobic reflexes the indoctrinators are trying to instill, but something that encourages and celebrates safe, responsible and educated gun ownership starting at a young age, like what was once the accepted norm in this country in the days before mass school shootings.
Think they’d allow those entries?
Or would that work against their grand designs?
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