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    Filed at 4:46 pm under by dcobranchi

    Two peas in a pod, according to the former president of the NRA.

    Two things that those on the far left who support big government cannot abide by are private gun ownership and homeschooling – and largely for the same reason.

    I know it may sound surprising, and perhaps some people might roll their eyes and say former NRA presidents must feel an uncontrollable urge to think everything should somehow equate to supporting gun rights.

    But it’s a fair statement to say those on the liberal end of the spectrum oppose both gun ownership and homeschooling for the same reason:

    There are core values in common between gun ownership and homeschooling. These commonalities are things you and I applaud, but those who think big government is the solution to every problem cannot accept it.

    They both tend to lessen your dependence on government.

    Yes! Liberals hate homeschooling because we’re free! And so are the gun nuts.

    Wrong. Liberals aren’t opposed to guns because they (supposedly) reduce government dependence. They don’t like them because the lead that comes out the business end of them kills people. Lots and lots of people.

    And they don’t oppose homeschooling in order to foster an (alleged) dependence on the government. They oppose us because they don’t think we can provide the training that the schools can– be it academic or social.

    Evidently she never got past Prof. Kinglsey, as her head’s still full of mush. Tip credit: Izzy.

    6 Responses to “HOME ED AND THE NRA”

    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    May 18th, 2007
    at 9:13 pm

    Is my friend the honored gentleman saying he sees no natural correlation between support for gun rights and support for education rights, or simply objecting to yet another attempt to join home ed to a disparate political cause?

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    May 18th, 2007
    at 11:01 pm

    The latter, of course. I’m a gun owner and a home educator. I object to the attempt to hijack homeschooling by the folks for whom the 2nd Amendment is the only one worth keeping.

    I also object to the silly strawman she sets up. Liberals are opposed to guns because they lessen dependence on gov’t? Puh-leeze!

    Comment by
    Skip Oliva
    May 19th, 2007
    at 1:54 pm

    “Liberals are opposed to guns because they lessen dependence on gov’t? Puh-leeze!”

    I wouldn’t paint “liberals” so broadly, but it’s not an invalid argument. Most “gun control” advocates are really gun monopolists who want the state to control all firearms. After all, wouldn’t a true “gun control” proponents advocate disarming the state, which is responsible for far more death and gun violence than non-state criminals?

    Comment by
    May 20th, 2007
    at 10:31 am

    Another gun-owning, homeschooling liberal here. I hate to confuse things even more, but I’m also in favor of regulating gun ownership to a greater degree than it is now. Our brand of homeschooling is unschooling, which puts paid to the “liberals think that homeschooling can’t provide the educational or social training that public education can.” I’m all for a well-regulated militia, but I don’t see that as any idot who wants one should be able to buy an Uzi. A National Guard that took its guns home and was run by states instead of the federal gov’t, and stayed out of foreign entanglements would work for me. As would getting rid of laws that regulate education and parenting.

    Comment by
    May 21st, 2007
    at 6:01 pm

    I’l with Lil. There are ways of regulating gun ownership and use that don’t take firearms away from responsible people.

    My brand of libertarianism is very liberal.

    I am so sick of being painted as a right-winger just because some homeschoolers are.

    Comment by
    May 22nd, 2007
    at 10:52 pm

    Cobranchi, why do you hate America? 😉

    Speaking as a liberal whose liberal friends by and large send kids to public school, I’m not convinced that liberals dislike homeschooling as group (in the same way that it might be reasonable to say something like “liberals dislike marriage amendments”).

    I know very few folks who oppose homeschooling for any other reason than unexamined prejudice — put a couple of real homeschoolers in front of them and they tend to whistle a different tune.