VA's Governor says only the NRA is allowed to teach gun safety to schoolchildren
|For Immediate Release:
April 19, 2010
|For Further Information: Lori Haas
Virginia Center for Public Safety Warns Against Amending Bill to Force Public Schools to Adopt National Rifle Association Curriculum
In another example of the degree to which he's prepared to pander to his allies in the political fringe, Gov. Bob McDonnell has taken action to give the National Rifle Association an exclusive mandate to "educate" all primary school children in Virginia on their idea of gun safety.
In the 2010 session, HB1217 was introduced as a firearms safety measure to be added to the K-6th grade curriculum of public schools. This legislation would require the Board of Education to adopt curriculum guidelines using the National Rifle Association materials.
With little hope of shielding our children from exposure to the NRA's agenda, opponents managed to get the the bill amended in the Senate to include the National Crime Prevention Council, known for its education materials featuring “McGruff the Crime Dog” and steps to help “Take a Bite Out of Crime”, as well in an effort to broaden options for resource materials for the Board of Education.
Using a typo as an excuse, the Governor has now recommended that all mention of the National Crime Prevention Council be removed from the bill. In effect, the Governor’s recommendation gives the NRA exclusive control over part of every Virginian child's education.
The Virginia Center for Public Safety opposes the Governor’s recommendation to limit curriculum choice at the Board of Education.
The House of Delegates and Senate will be in session on Wednesday, April 21 in Richmond and they will vote on HB1217.
Va. Tech parent and VACPS Board Member Lori Haas said "We urge all Virginians, especially parents, to contact their lawmakers and say ‘no’ to giving the NRA or any agenda-driven group or organization exclusive control over any part of their child’s education".