NRA Board Member: Paddling A Child ‘May Keep Me From Having To Put A Bullet In Him’


An NRA board member and leader of the Texas State Rifle Association wrote on Wednesday that disciplining a child through corporal punishment may prevent him from “having to put a bullet in him later.”

Complaining of State Rep. Alma Allen’s (D) bill to “prohibit the use of corporal punishment in public primary and secondary schools,” NRA board member Charles Cotton took to TexasCHL Forum to vent his frustration.

“I’m sick of this woman and her ‘don’t touch my kid regardless what he/she did or will do again’ attitude,” Cotton wrote in a thread titled “HB567: Corporal punishment in schools.”

“Perhaps a good paddling in school may keep me from having to put a bullet in him later,” he added.

Cotton did not immediately return a message left at his office seeking comment on Saturday.

In a “Board Spotlight” article on, Cotton’s bio said that he has been a dedicated NRA board member for 13 years, discovering his love of guns at age 4 after blowing open an oil can.

“When he squeezed the trigger and saw the can split open, his love of shooting was affirmed,” the article read.

His profile also notes his active life membership to the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA), boasting that he has been “integral” in passing legislation “protecting the rights of shooters in Texas.”

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