Here is a rather frightening notice from GOA Alerts today that I think should be responded to strongly by all of you who take part in TFF.
The Feds Want To Teach Gun Control
Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
With Labor Day just around the corner, millions of kids will be
heading back to school. But whether you realize it or not, what
they may be taught could have a tremendously negative impact upon
your gun rights.
H.R. 1078, introduced by Rep. Roger Wicker (R-MS), would set up
Presidential Academies to train educators in teaching civics and
history. That certainly sounds innocuous enough. What's the
problem with that?
The problem is that by further centralizing the training process for
teachers, radical educators will find it much easier to excise
Second Amendment rights and other important principles from this
The Feds have already imposed curriculum standards on the nation's
government schools with previous legislation. The result was the
publication of "guidelines" which are reflected in an anti-gun
textbook called We the People.
The guidelines and We the People are so busy teaching
multiculturalism and environmentalism that they have no time for
teaching the Tenth Amendment, which severely limits what the federal
government can do.
Is that a surprise to anyone? If kids are never taught there are
limits to the federal government's power, then we shouldn't be
surprised when tomorrow's leaders don't have problems passing gun
We the People does mention the Second Amendment in the section on
historical development. But it gets the student to start
questioning the wisdom of the amendment, asking the student whether
the right to keep and bear arms is still as "important today" as it
was in the eighteenth century and to decide what "limitations"
should be placed on the right.
It's bad enough that the major news media, along with TV shows and
movies, present a one-sided view of the right to keep and bear
arms. Kids growing up today are bombarded with anti-gun sentiments
and viewpoints, with few facts and little information to the
It has often been said that today's children are the leaders of
tomorrow. One trembles in considering the perspectives these future
leaders will hold when it comes to the Bill of Rights and,
specifically, the Second Amendment.
Anti-gun propaganda has already taken root in much of our nation's
curriculum. But rather than reversing this process, H.R. 1078
writes a blank check so that teachers can be trained in the "key
events, key persons, key ideas and key documents that shaped the
institutions and democratic heritage of the United States." Right
away, we are in trouble, because America was not founded as a
democracy, but as a constitutional republic.
The reason our firearms freedoms are supposed to be secure is that
a fifty percent vote of citizens, legislators or judges cannot do
away with them. If the U.S. were a pure democracy, our liberties
would only be secure as long as a majority of the people were in
There is no doubt that as control over education becomes more and
more federalized, the ideas which children are learning become more
and more radical. This agenda has already been seeping into
curriculum standards for years. But if H.R. 1078 passes, radical
educators will begin instructing teachers in a soon-to-be-funded
While H.R. 1078 is currently in the Select Education Subcommittee,
its companion bill (S. 504) has already passed the Senate. But with
your help, we can protect our rights by protecting our children's
education. Let's keep H.R. 1078 from passing.
ACTION: Please urge your Representative to oppose H.R. 1078, a bill
which will contribute in dumbing down the next generation of
Americans -- at least as far as our constitutional rights are
concerned. You can contact your Representative by visiting the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at Send Your LETTER
to send him or her a pre-written e-mail message.