I guess I’ve been so busy thinking about Elian that I almost missed
another outrage in progress. But this time the outrage was not being
committed by the gun-happy executive branch, but by its liberal enablers
who believe the Clinton Gestapo ought to have a monopoly on guns.

The Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program was designed by the National Rifle
Association to teach young children to stay away from guns. Primarily
through use of a video, it teaches children how to avoid gun-related
accidents. The video shows a group of children finding a gun in an attic
when Eddie Eagle, a cartoon character, swoops down, and without touching
the gun, delivers a four-part safety instruction: “Stop! Don’t Touch.
Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.”

The proponents of the video boast of its success. The NRA emphasizes
that its purpose is not to teach whether guns are good or bad, merely to
promote gun safety. Eddie never encourages the use or ownership of
firearms.

Well, you guessed it. Despite the innocuousness of the program,
gun-control zealots have stormed out of the woodwork to scream bloody
murder (literally). In reaction to a New York City police officer
showing schoolchildren the Eddie Eagle video, City Public Advocate Mark
Green erupted, “I think the NRA has blood on its hands. I think they are
morally and legally responsible for thousands of deaths a year, in a
sense, in our city and our country, and they should not be anywhere near
our kids talking about guns.”

Would you agree that these are hysterical rantings? Regardless of how
many deaths occur from firearms each year, how is the NRA remotely
responsible for those deaths? Even if you accept the notion that it
encourages private gun ownership, such ownership doesn’t account for
thousands of deaths each year, unless you consider ownership by
criminals. Let’s look at the stats:

Anti-gun fanatics tell us that from 13 to 17 children are killed by
guns every day in the US. They intend to create the false impression
that these are all innocent little children killed accidentally. In the
April 17 issue of National Review, Dave Koppel reports that the number
of fatal gun accidents in this country is at its lowest level since
1903. Is that not astonishing, based on the propaganda we are fed to the
contrary?

Yale Law School Research Scholar John Lott, Jr., a consummate expert
in this field, tells us that the actual number of accidental deaths for
children, defined as fourteen years and under, is 2.6 per day. And for
children ten and under it’s 0.4 per day. The only way you get up to 13
children per day is to include kids who are older, mostly 17, 18 and 19
year olds, the great majority of whom are killed in gang-related
homicides. Need I remind you that gang homicides are not accidental
deaths?

Lott also corrects another myth that there is a correlation between
gun ownership and murder. “When one studies all countries rather than
just a select few as is usually done, there is absolutely no
relationship between gun ownership and murder.”

Skewed statistics by mouth-foaming gun confiscators also fail to
consider the beneficial effects of the defensive use of weapons. Lott
tells us that 2.5 million times a year people use guns defensively,
including cases where public shootings are stopped before they happen.
In other words, private gun ownership saves lives! So if the NRA is
indirectly responsible for accidental gun deaths because it promotes gun
proliferation (quite a stretch), then by the same logic it is
responsible for saving many, many more lives. Or don’t those saved lives
count to the gun-snatching cultists?

Let me strain to grasp the liberal mindset here. In short, guns are
evil, not the criminals who misuse them. Since guns are evil and the NRA
promotes innocent-civilian gun ownership, the NRA is also evil. Because
the NRA is evil it must be demonized and delegitimized and should not be
permitted to be seen in a good light. Its image must not be softened.
Since the Eddie Eagle program amounts to the NRA performing noble public
service work — work, that is believed to save children’s lives — it
must be censored at all costs.

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