While looking for updates on the situation in the aftermath of the peaceful, law-abiding anarchists' and commies May Day downtown Seattle picnics, I stumbled on his latest: Both sides fire away at idea of gun education in the schools | Danny Westneat | The Seattle Times.
I can only assume that the reason I hadn't heard he suggested this is that most other people who would be all over it--including volunteering to teach the classes--is that I am far from the only one to be ignoring the Seattle Times these days. (I remember Dave Workman saying he was glad he was quoted correctly, but I failed to follow up. Sorry, Dave.)
Last week, when I wrote that we are so awash in guns we may as well teach gun safety in the schools, people across the political spectrum had fainting spells.
Conservatives because I was suggesting this. Some liberals because anyone was suggesting this.
Even more shocking than seeing Denny Westneat pushing such an idea, was this bit of correspondence he quotes in this (new) column:
The thing is, the Washington State Legislature passed a "sense of congress" type of thing endorsing teaching Eddie Eagle in the schools in Washington State years ago. It was never followed up, anywhere in the state that I know of.
So it was a welcome news flash, to me anyway, when the liberal, Democratic and teachers-union-endorsed head of the state Senate Education Committee called to say she's all in for the gun-classes idea.
"I'm not a gun person, but guns are here to stay and you can't prohibit them," said Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell. "Shouldn't our kids know what to do when they see one?"
McAuliffe has introduced a resolution for the state to promote the use of the National Rifle Association's Gun Safety Program in schools. She co-sponsored it with some gun-rights conservatives, such as Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn. (It was introduced near the end of the last legislative session and won't be up for a vote until next year.)
NOTE: In the original column, the idea of teaching Eddie Eagle in schools was suggested by Dave Workman, I guess Westneat is on board with it now...