In a video posted this week by the NRA, one of the organization’s commentators said competency with a gun should be a “necessary skill” for children to be able to advance to the next grade in school, just like reading and writing.
In the video titled “Everyone Gets A Gun,” commentator Billy Johnson argued U.S. gun policy should be driven by the “need” people have to use guns.
“Gun policy driven by our need for guns would insist that we introduce young people to guns early and that we’d give them the skills to use firearms safely,” Johnson said. “Just like we teach them reading and writing, necessary skills. We would teach shooting and firearm competency.”
“It wouldn’t matter if they didn’t want to learn,” he added. “We would make it necessary to advance to the next grade.”
Johnson linked gun policy to education, healthcare, food and retirement, saying the U.S. “subsidize[s] things we value,” and said gun policy should be no different.
“Gun policy, driven by our need for guns would protect equal access to guns, just like we protect equal access to voting, and due process, and free speech. Our Founding Fathers believed that we did need guns. That’s why they codified our access to guns into the Constitution,” he said.
Watch the video: