A Teachable Moment

Former local teacher union pesident Morty Rosenfeld periodically attempts to make sense of the increasingly senseless world of public education.

Guilt Tripping Gun Owners

We have an advertising industry capable of selling Americans almost anything. If that industry is capable of selling bottled water from Fiji, why can’t they develop a series of public service videos on the dangers to all of us from a society awash in guns? Where once smoking was fashionable, a public campaign on the dangers of smoking has made smokers feel almost like criminals when lighting up. Can we not make a vast majority of Americans feel similarly guilty and foolish for exposing their families and the rest of us to the dangers of gun ownership? Can we not force them between innings of baseball games to be reminded of the American children lost to senseless gun violence?

Here is an ad I would love to see bombarding the airways. Little Johnny is at his friend’s house where he asks his friend’s parents, “Do you have guns in this house?’ His friend’s father responds, “Yes, we do.” Johnny, obviously saddened to the point of holding back tears says, “Then I can’t come here anymore. My parents won’t let me go to houses where there are guns. They say it’s not safe.”

Of course I know that such ads would drive the NRA crazy. That may not be such a bad thing. To the extent that we can force them into increasingly extreme positions, owning guns should become increasingly uncomfortable.

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