Brainwashing Kids About Guns

Mark Tapson, a Hollywood-based writer and screenwriter, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He focuses on the politics of popular culture.


A spate of recent incidents in which schoolchildren were punished for unconscionable gun crimes triggering the hysteria of politically correct school officials highlights the left’s increasing insanity about guns.

A five-year-old girl from Pennsylvania was suspended from school last month after telling a friend she was going to shoot her with a pink toy gun that sprays hollow-point bullets bubbles. Despite not even having the bubble gun with her at the time of the shockingly dire threat, the kindergartener was later interrogated by school officials without her parents present. She was ultimately – are you sitting down for this? – labeled a “terrorist threat,” suspended for ten days, and required to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

At about the same time, a school in Maryland suspended two six-year-olds for making a gun gesture with their hands while playing cops-and-robbers during recess. Two weeks before that, another six-year-old was suspended for the same terrorist offense. This idiocy is reminiscent of an incident last year in which a deaf three-year-old was informed by school district officials that the signing he uses for his name too closely resembles him waving a gun. So now he is required to spell out his name letter by letter instead. That’ll teach him.

The insanity continues. Now a seven-year-old Colorado boy has been suspended for throwing a pretend grenade at a pretend box full of “evil forces” while playing “rescue the world” at recess. Again, that’s a pretend grenade he lobbed at a pretend box of evil (good thing he didn’t refer to it as an “axis of evil,” or the officials might have tarred and feathered the kid and run him and his Bush-loving parents out of town). His school maintains a list of “absolutes,” no-nos designed to keep the schoolgrounds safe, which includes “no fighting, real or imaginary; no weapons, real or imaginary.” Because it isn’t enough to ban students from playing with real weapons; it must be verboten even to think about them, even when combating evil.

Alex Evans said he threw the fake grenade “so nothing can get out and destroy the world… I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got dispended.” Alex, that’s because you’re not far enough along in school yet to have been sufficiently indoctrinated by your schoolteachers. In a few years, once you’ve absorbed enough Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, you will understand that we are the ones destroying the world through our imperialistic war-mongering and racist theft of natural resources. However, had you thrown an imaginary grenade at an imaginary band of violent Tea Partiers, you would have gone to the head of the class.

In an article that contains more handwringing about how guns are poisoning our children’s minds, The New York Times reports on groups of “anti-toy-gun activists” (now there’s a pathetic label) who encourage exchanges in which toys like Hula Hoops are given to children who turn in their toy guns – a sort of children’s version of firearm buybacks like the one that disarmed Australians back in the 90s. One of those is the California group Alliance for Survival, whose coordinator Jerry Rubin explains, “No one is saying that if you play with a toy gun, you’re going to grow up to be a violent killer.” No? Then why ban toy guns? Because “the game is still the same: pretend to kill your friends, pretend to kill your classmates.” Except that kids aren’t pretending to kill their friends and schoolmates; they’re pretending to kill the bad guys. Anti-toy gun activists like Rubin can’t comprehend that this might be healthy practice for when these children grow up and one day have to confront uncompromising evil in the real world.

This is all part of the radical left’s determination to make pariahs out of American gun owners, even if those guns dispense nothing more dangerous than bubbles or a deaf boy’s name. As the totalitarian hypocrite Eric Holder said at the Women’s National Democratic Club years ago, American youth need to be “brainwashed” into thinking negatively about guns. In fact, he urges kids to report gun owners to authorities, so be careful who knows you have a legally purchased and registered handgun, all you law-abiding moms and dads. You might find yourselves betrayed to the government by your own children, just like during China’s Cultural Revolution. “I’ve also asked the school board to make a part of every day some kind of anti-violence, anti-gun message,” Holder said, “every day, every school, at every level… We need to do this every day of the week and really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”

This is the Attorney General who funneled guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, resulting in hundreds of murders. He is part of an administration that turns a blind eye to gun violence committed in this country by leftists or Islamic terrorists like the Fort Hood shooter, whose massacre was labeled “workplace violence” (as opposed to the kindergartner who was called a terrorist threat). The Obama administration cares about a tragedy like Sandy Hook only insofar as it is a crisis they don’t want to let go to waste. The administration says nothing about the ongoing handgun massacre of children in tightly gun-restricted Chicago, because it doesn’t fit their “ban guns to save the children” narrative, and because, quite frankly, they don’t care about saving the children anyway. What they care about is disarming the American populace. Their obsession with gun control is about big-government gun confiscation, not gun crime prevention, just as their demonization of guns in the minds of schoolchildren is also about disarming Americans and molding a generation of defenseless pacifists.

This hatred of guns is ragingly irrational. The left wants to indoctrinate upcoming generations into believing that, in any and all circumstances, guns – even imaginary ones; even a pointed index finger – are the apotheosis of violent evil. And yet the Obama administration has now opened the door to combat for women in the military. How are those women – and our young men  too, for that matter – supposed to deal with that disconnect, when from kindergarten onward they are relentlessly brainwashed to despise guns, and yet are now expected to go into combat and kill the enemy?

And then of course there is the hypocrisy of left-leaning Hollywood, which inundates young people with violent imagery and then pats itself on the back with smugly self-righteous public service messages calling for immediate political solutions to gun violence.

The left does not want American citizens to own guns – it’s that simple. And they want to shape our children into a helpless citizenry that entrusts its protection to the well-armed nanny state. They care nothing about the right of Americans to protect their homes, schools and loved ones from home invaders or burglars or rapists. They care least of all about our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms to oppose a tyrannical government, because that right stands in the way of the radical left’s tyrannical ambitions.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Brainwashing about guns is of piece with the ENTIRE (mis)educational process, a process which mirrors the most repressive regimes. No kidding.

    On the one hand, many leftists (in postions of power) threaten to kill anyone who disagrees with their plans, and this is a fact – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/03/leftists-go-p

    At the same time, the left CONTROLS the public schools and this is also a fact – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/25/domestic-terr

    This is very serious business and no one, least of all parents, can afford to sit on the sidelines. Either they take a stand, or generations of kids will be robot-like in their "thinking". It is not as if the left hasn't tried the same co-opting in Israel. They have. But there are quite a few forces pushing back. Yes, they are.

    Adina kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • guest

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKuUVduvoJo

    brady bill testimony which of course ignored by the left…

  • guest

    All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men be disarmed.

  • Demetrius M

    A good thing for concerned parents to do is re-educate their children every-so-often. A sit down to explain that their teachers (who they spend a good chunk of their young lives) aren't perfect and not everything they say is teaching.
    My wife and I have no children at the moment, so perhaps I shouldn't say anything, but children are not as dumb as we may think. I know this because my nieces are really on the ball and seem to know when I'm joking with them (they are 4,9 and 11) or attempting to con them away from their cupcakes!
    It's either parents do a little correcting or home schooling…

  • AlgerHiss

    If the kid simply HEARS the word gun, they are to urinate in their pants.

    If the kid SEES a gun, after crapping their pants, they are to begin screaming “Mister pawice man, save me from the gun!”

    The sickness of leftism knows no bounds.

  • tagalog

    Is the Jerry Rubin of Alliance for Survival the Jerry Rubin of the Yippies of yore? The guy who was all in favor of assaulting the police on a wholesale basis and otherwise fomenting urban rioting at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention, who was one of the Chicago Seven? That Jerry Rubin? Didn't Jerry Rubin and the late Abbie Hoffman encourage young people to kill their parents in a once well-known public statement? Back in the days of "Revolution for the Hell of It?"

    I guess it all depends on whose ox is being gored.

    • Ruppertj

      No. The famous Jerry Rubin died back in the 1990's; hit by a car.

  • Crossbow87

    In our school, our kids belong to gun clubs, they have been taught gun safety, they have been taught we own guns to protect our lives and property and they shoot guns every so often…..thank God we homeschool.

  • infidel4life

    "This hatred of guns is ragingly irrational."

    It's NOT hatred. They don't hate the guns that government has. It IS fear. Fear of patriotic, law-abiding, ARMED Americans reaching the point where we've had enough of this Leftist authoritarian bullcrap and rising up and taking back our country. THAT is the scenario that they are paranoid about. So to advance their agenda they must warp the minds of children to fear what they fear.

    • ruppert

      FYI, fear of guns is called "Hoplophobia". Most do not know this word. It is time we started using it, especially since it will likely irritate the left.

      • Mary Sue

        I know this word thanks to Jeff Cooper :>

      • tagalog

        The root word for the term "hoplophobia" is the Greek "hoplite," meaning "armed citizen" or "armed peasant," the people who were not nobles, not on horseback, the heavy infantry who comprised the famous Greek phalanxes (what's the plural of "phalanx?" Is it "phalanges?"), and who were typically drafted to fight the various Greek wars. Further reading suggests that the root word is "hoplon," or "arms."

  • NAHALKIDES

    Good summary by Tapson. As for the public schools, I think they're beyond hope. Homeschooling is probably the only choice until we can break the government monopoly on schools and replace it with a system of private education in which parents will actually have some say about what their children are taught.

  • popseal

    AMERICA AND SELF DESTRUCTION ARITHMETIC …..50 years of liberal SCOTUS decisions+unionized public school teachers+40 years of Marxist college professors+contemporary enabling 3 Monkey media= Obama elected twice and still popular. The great social DIVISION that now exists will only be overcome by ADDING a spiritual renewal and moral repentance according to the Judeo Christian heritage that gave birth to the nation. Otherwise, there will only be a continuation of MULTIPLIED destruction. When the 2ND Amendment goes, liberty will be over between the oceans.

  • Ar'nun

    Brainwashing k-12 kids with Progressive propaganda. Well of course, how else could an inexperienced fast talking con-man who attended a third world Midrasa get elected POTUS.

  • Mary Sue

    yeah, they believe that training children to fear guns will prevent them from committing mass shootings! LOL.

    • spartacus!!!!!!

      hey mary sue when they pull up front of your trailer with corn dogs and lolly pops and start shooting what cha gona do !, ech !

    • tagalog

      It hasn't worked yet, has it?

      It's a bit of a mystery that the boomers, who were fascinated by that which they were taught to fear, and passed that fascination on to their successors, didn't learn that teaching people to fear things is not necessarily teaching them to shun those things.

  • Alex Kovnat

    Anybody in the education business who even passively condones, let alone actively supports the irrational zero tolerance policies we have seen since the Clinton years, him- or herself doesn't belong in our schools.

  • Pete

    I'm proud to say at my granddaughters school ,in Texas, the kindergarten kids sang a cowboy song where the pointed their fingers like a gun and sang bang bang several times.

  • mandi

    For heaven's sake, I played with water pistols and cap guns as a kid. To this day (20 years later) I don't think I've so much as touched a real gun. I used to be proud to call myself a liberal. But if this is what being liberal means, then I guess I'm a proud conservative now.