The Good and the Guns at the Fair
I love the Trumansburg Fair, and am deeply grateful to the people who spend time to organize the event. I take my kids every year.
To see the National Guard, however, at the front gate, encouraging children to pick up guns, many children so young that they weren’t even tall enough to go on most of the rides – that greatly reduced my feeling of comfort with the event this year. Men in uniform stood, watching as young children picked up a variety of guns, swung them around wildly, and even pointed the guns at each other, pretending to shoot.
It isn’t about whether you support the military, or even whether you think it’s appropriate for the military to target elementary school kids for pre-recruitment. It’s about basic gun safety. Every year children are killed, and kill, because they’ve been taught to treat guns like toys.
I was taught that it’s never okay to point a gun at somebody, even if you think it’s not loaded. What are these National Guard recruiters being taught?