14 thoughts on “Own Worst Enemies”

  1. Seems to me proper training would teach those otherwise inclined to NOT brandish a realistic toy, lest Darwinian reactions ensue. But, what do I know? I’m another NRA instructor, not in support of this guys agenda!

  2. NRA doesn’t do ideological purity tests before it certifies an instructor. That some people who go through the curriculum to get certified turn out to be bozos says what about the NRA?

  3. 4 million members and is anyone surprised we don’t have a few wingnuts in the bunch? I am giving out memberships to NRA for Christmas. Someone has to make up for the HATE that JP has.

  4. Sebastian,

    This is a slippery slope…kids using toy guns will obviously result in them using the dreaded semi-fully automatic assault candy cane…


    “Skylar Torbett, also a junior, said administrators told him, “They said the candy canes are weapons because you can sharpen them with your mouth and stab people with them.” He said neither he nor any of their friend did that. ”


  5. “NRA doesn’t do ideological purity tests before it certifies an instructor.” Actually NRA instructors are specifically prohibited from politics in class. Most of the instructors I know include the use of the credential for politics at any time. We aren’t certified to have political opinions. We are certified to teach NRA curriculum. If the guy identified himself as an NRA instructor for the purposes of propagating this pandering political nonsense; he ought to be de certified immediately. And that’s my personal opinion, even though I’m a training counselor.

  6. Guns Destroyed

    OK, they were not banned guns. And while their putative owners turned them in without [much] government coercion, neither were they all that willing to do it –
    “Malik Hall, a round-eyed second-grader, looked apprehensive as he stood in line with his favorite toy, a thick, blue gun with plastic sword underneath the muzzle. The 8-year-old was furious when his mother, Amanda, told him he would have to give it up. ‘Yesterday morning, he tried to hide it under his pillow’, she said.”

  7. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that so much has changed when it comes to toy guns.

    Back in the 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s, toy guns were around then too, and many of them looked realistic, some even functioned that way too, but nobody was getting accidentally shot by the cops because of them, and nobody felt the need to push for banning them either.

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