The metaphorical shitstorm created by the NRA when they ‘suggested’ that medical professionals stay in their lane continues unabated.
“Stay in their lane”….that’s what the NRA said medical professionals should do.
What exactly is that supposed to mean?
Jeez, I’m digressing quicker here than I usually do!
Back on topic….
I wrote about the NRA tweet and shared on Twitter. Since then, my essay took on a life of its own…not viral, but certainly more than I expected.
The Twitter responses came fast and furious.
It got to a point I had to walk away…my keyboard overheated. Well, not really, but I did develop a horrible headache trying to keep up with those who weighed in…on both sides of the issue.
The NRA thus far has not responded to the shitstorm they created.
Lesson learned? Doubtful.
In days gone by, the NRA also called out Hollywood ‘elites’ and professional athletes for speaking out on gun violence.
But there’s a group the NRA has virtually ignored thus far…professionals in the field of education.
The NRA hasn’t told educators to stay in their lane…at least that I’m aware of.
The NRA has advocated arming teachers.
Wouldn’t arming teachers require that they not stay in their lane of educating our children?
Sorry, rhetorical question.
So, when I saw this tweet from educator, Susannah Hogan, it resonated with me:
As a Columbine parent whose daughter came within minutes, possibly seconds of not surviving her injuries during that massacre, this tweet really hit home for me personally.
Active shooter drills, something I also wrote about previously, that’s become her and so many other educators’ lane.
Now enter the NRA, self-professed facilitators of school safety.
Don’t believe me?
Take a look at what they say on their NRA School Shield Program website:
Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to school security, the NRA School Shield program seeks to facilitate a continuum of assessment and improvement for all schools to integrate as needs demand.
Sounds good, right?
And this from NRA Chief Executive Officer, Wayne LaPierre when he announced this program on NRA-ILA:
The NRA is going to bring all of its knowledge, dedication and resources to develop a model National School Shield Emergency Response Program for every school that wants it. From armed security to building design and access control to information technology to student and teacher training, this multi-faceted program will be developed by the very best experts in their fields.
In other words, the NRA said they were going gung ho on school safety….to bring it all home and make it happen.
Did they do so?
Not so much according to Mother Jones:
Color me not surprised one little bit.
From the Mother Jones article:
According to the foundation tax returns through 2016, it didn’t issue a single grant for school security after 2014.
So, while the NRA School Shield Program is still active on their site, no grants have been issued after 2014.
Four years and counting….
Why is that?
According to Mother Jones, NRA spokes-‘model’ Dana Loesch was asked about this by a grieving Parkland Mom. Her response was schools had to volunteer to take advantage of it (the program).
Interesting…not very practical, but interesting nonetheless.
So, do you, the NRA, keep school safety subject matter experts on payroll on the off chance a school volunteers to take advantage of the NRA School Shield Program?
Serious question NRA. Do you?
If so, what are their school safety qualifications? If not, well….some pretty damn empty promises don’t you think?
Perhaps all y’all should leave school safety to those who actually have the training and expertise to make it happen.
Perhaps all y’all should stay in YOUR lane lobbying for guns everywhere.
My two cents.
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- My Two Cents: Kovington Kids Kalamity Double Standard…. - January 26, 2019
- My Two Cents: Weighing in on the ‘Covington Kids Calamity’ - January 22, 2019
- My Two Cents: The Illogical Logic of the NRA - January 11, 2019
- My Two Cents: School Safety Is An Enigma - January 3, 2019
- My Two Cents: ‘To Protect and To Serve’ vs the ‘Public-Duty Doctrine’ - December 22, 2018
- My Two Cents: Quiet Rooms - December 15, 2018
- My Two Cents: Stay in Your Lane Road Rage NRA Style - November 26, 2018
- My Two Cents: School Safety Hoplophile Style - November 17, 2018