Thursday, November 03, 2016

NRA using childrens' games to teach about gun safety - ouch!

Oh, the horror!

Hasbro caught in crossfire of NRA's Candy Land campaign | PR Week:
The gun-loving association has turned Candy Land and Battleship into games about shooting targets, prompting social media users to say the marketing campaign is geared towards children.
[H/T: Shall Not Be Questioned]

Um ... excuse me? Two points:

(1) The assumption here is that the NRA is conducting a "marketing campaign".
(2) The presentation is "geared towards children".

I'm not sure that the first assumption is warranted.   To me, that website looks like an educational tool,  They're not even selling the target designs; they've put the images in open-source (so to speak) internet website where anyone can download and print the targets.
The NRA realizes no financial profit.  It's a poor marketing campaign which realizes no fiscal benefit.  (Liar Liar Pants On Fire!)

Anyone who actually goes to the NRA website sees that the display is a number of different designs of targets.  These target designs are intended to make target practice more interesting and rewarding to young target shooters.

The presumption that the presentation is "geared towards children" is ... childishly obvious.

Of course it is (or at least, it's provided to the parents for the benefit of their children),
So why so serious?

Targets are the best way to teach the safe, accurate operation of firearms to shooters of any age.
And people like shooting at targets.  Ever go to a carnival?   See that shooting gallery?  For a quarter (probably more expensive now) you can shoot at tin ducks and win a kewpie doll.

Oh, the horror!

One of the most impelling arguments that Gun Grabbers present is that guns are a danger when there are children in the house.  Why?  Because guns are what lawyers call "an attractive nuisance".   Which means kids can always find a way to get to a gun in the home and play with it.

The life lesson for most gun-owners with children in the house is to de-mystify the gun.   They take their kids to the range, let them shoot their .22 plinker rifles at targets, and in the process teach safe gun-handling habits.

Kids can learn to safely handle guns?  That's entirely contrary to the gun-grabber mantra.   These people who would deny our children to responsibly exercise their constitutional rights would have you believe that there is no POSITIVE aspect of firearms ownership.

They don't understand that one reason why people like to shoot guns is because ... it's FUN!

Oh, the horror!

The gun grabbers are as quick to castigate responsible gun owners who teach their kids to handle guns safely, as they are to point out that it's irresponsible of parents to have guns in the home because kids can't resist the lure of playing with guns.

But now the NRA has offered another tool to parents which positively allows training to their children, and at the same time make it fun!

And these same idiots who have a political agenda cannot abide the realization that "Firearms Families"  can, and will, teach their children ... and the NRA (the original goal of which organization was to promote firearms safety) are doing their share.

The nasty part of this story is that we're told that firearms owners are irresponsible because their children can't be trusted around guns .. but when the NRA takes steps to provide firearms owners
with a valuable took in child-rearing, we meet nothing but continued criticism.

Could it be possible that there is NOTHING that Americans can do to promote gun safety, without being castigated in the popular press?

Oh, the horror!

It's childishly simple.


Anonymous said...

Does modern life consist of one horror after another?

Archer said...

Question: Does the Brady Campaign have ANY "gun safety" curriculum geared toward kids? Or toward parents that doesn't consist mostly of "get rid of all your guns"?

Does the VPC? Everytown? ARS? MAIG? CSGV? CeaseFire?

What? Nobody but the NRA, GOA, and every other pro-gun association out there has gun safety curricula for kids?

[sarcasm] Why, it's almost like so-called "gun safety" organizations aren't bothering with "gun safety" at all, or something! [/sarcasm]

Anonymous said...

@Archer: You have hit on something. I think the only safety information and/or thoughts the various "gun safety" folks have is get rid of all guns. As long as guns are around, no one is safe.