HCI Agrees with the NRA
from Angel Shamaya
HCI, who now wishes to be called "The
Brady Center to Prevent Handgun Violence" just came out with an
online game for children. The goal of the game is to help kids make
good choices regarding gun safety. We applaud this effort.
The game involves making choices when presented
with various scenarios involving guns. "What if" situations. In
each scenario, choices are presented, and input offered as to the rightness or
wrongness of the choices made.
of the scenes, when the "right" choice is made, the following text
"GOOD JOB!!!! NEVER
PICK UP OR PLAY WITH A GUN!!! A GUN IS NOT A TOY!!!!! If you or a friend
find a gun, do not touch it! Leave the area immediately and go find an adult
to tell them about the gun..."
That's pretty much what the NRA's Eddie Eagle
In fact, on the NRA's
fancy new Eddie Eagle site, we find the following quote:
"With firearms present in about half of
all American households, all young children should know the single most
important rule of being 'GunSafe.' If you see a gun: STOP!
Don't Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult." [emphasis theirs]
Interestingly, HCI has taken a stand against
the NRA's efforts to bring the Eddie Eagle program to wider audiences of
America's youngsters. One can only surmise that their reasoning involves the
fact that the NRA promotes gun ownership while HCI opposes it.
Much can be discerned from reading the HCI mission
statement on their website. Among other little jewels of authenticity, we
find the following statement:
"The Brady Campaign and the Brady Center
believe that a safer America can be achieved without banning all guns."
Do note the word "all" at the end of
their friendly-sounding statement. Does that mean we get to keep our single-shot
.22 rifles like the Brits, Mrs. Brady?
Were this woman and her minions intellectually
honest, they'd be praising the NRA's Eddie Eagle program for mirroring their own
views. Instead, we get Sarah Brady comparing Eddie Eagle with the camel used by
Camel cigarettes to promote smoking. The fact that Sarah Brady is dealing with
lung cancer but reportedly still smoking does not go unnoticed.
It's the camel's fault Mrs. Brady herfs
stogies, and it's the gun's fault her husband had to do his job and protect
President Reagan from some nutjob who wanted to impress an actress by shooting a
So much for personal responsibility. So much
For a classic example of BS 101, file over to http://www.handguncontrol.org.
Read any page with your thinking cap on and you'll see what I mean.