There’s always a catch, right? If something’s too good to be true it probably is, as the saying goes.
Take, for example, the ongoing, six-week summer “Freedom Schools” program being offered by the Children’s Defense Fund in 87 cities (in 28 states) around the country.
Ostensibly designed to help children from rough and poor neighborhoods work on their literacy skills, the program is being offered for FREE!
Problem is it’s not free. The program comes at a very high cost — as it’s not just about teaching reading and writing, it’s about indoctrinating children to hate and fear firearms.
This Wednesday, children participating in CDF’s Freedom Schools were recruited to participate in the organization’s National Day of Social Action to “Protect Children, Not Guns.”
Note the Orwellian propaganda there, the suggestion that protecting children and protecting the 2A are mutually exclusive concepts. That is in order to protect children we must sacrifice our gun rights. It’s one or the other. What a hideous lie! As it is good guys with guns that best protect our school children.
In St. Paul, Minnesota, over 1,000 students marched on the State Capitol to promote the anti-gun agenda of their educators.
Draped in orange T-shirts, they carried signs that read, “We will not be next, end gun violence,” and “When I grow up, I want to be still alive.”
“It’s super important to teach them to advocate for themselves,” Emmanuel Donaby, director of the Stem Freedom Schools, told WCCO. “We have a horrible gun epidemic, killing and deaths that are happening.”
Student Sahra Mohamed told the local news affiliate (see video embedded above), “We are marching because a lot of kids are getting killed. About 3,410 were killed in 2017.”
No doubt this little girl was spoon-fed that stat right from the CDF website. But there is one critical part she omitted. Probably because she was never told the entire truth. That number includes adults, specifically 18- and 19-year-olds.
Why include that category of adults? Because it doubles the number of “kid” deaths. Unintentional firearm deaths, suicide firearm deaths, and homicide firearm deaths for children ages 0-17 in 2017 was 95, 729 and 919 respectively, according to the CDC, for a total of 1,743. That’s about half of 3,410.
The numbers would be even smaller if you removed 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds from the calculation. Why? Because gangs account for nearly half of all violent crime in America and about 40 percent of gang members are juveniles, as GunsAmerica reported.
They ought to be carrying signs that say, “Protect Children, Not Gangs.”
See, the more one digs into the numbers the more one realizes that “gun violence” in America is really a manifestation of three overlooked issues: mental health, gangs, and gun-safety education.
Quite simply put, the best way to reduce gun-related suicides is to improve mental health outreach to at-risk kids & teens, the best way to reduce gun-related homicides is to eradicate gangs, and the best way to reduce accidental gun deaths is to teach all children gun safety.
All of that is common sense. Yet none of that appears on the CDF’s website under policy “solutions” to address gun violence. Instead, CDF recommends we enact various gun-control schemes that punish law-abiding gun owners, like implementing universal background checks and banning “military-style weapons.”
It’s also worth pointing out the irony of the program’s name: The Freedom Schools program… (because it teaches children to rail against the very right that protects all the freedoms they currently enjoy). Sinister, indeed.