The Biden regime is withholding federal funds from public schools that have archery and hunting programs, according to a report from Fox News. The Democrats know that they have lost their war against the Second Amendment in terms of legislation. Congress will never pass enough gun control laws to suit them due to public opposition. Instead, the Democrats are now attempting to force “gun control by other means” down the throats of law-abiding Americans.
The Democrats are claiming that the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act” that was passed last year justifies blocking federal money from these schools. That obviously was never the intent of the bill, but then, most bills never do what the name says they will do.
The Biden regime is using that bill to block money for schools earmarked under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. Biden’s Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona, decided that the Safer Communities Act allows the administration to withhold money from schools that have archery and hunting programs.
Obviously, most of these programs are in red states, and since Joe Biden hates his political enemies more than any other person in American history, he’s punishing them in any way that he can. How are the people of East Palestine, Ohio, doing these days anyway? Still waiting for federal help? Yeah? What a surprise.
“It’s a negative for children,” says Tommy Floyd, the president of the National Archery in the Schools Program. “As a former educator of 30-plus years, I was always trying to find a way to engage students. In many communities, it’s a shooting sport, and the skills from shooting sports, that help young people grow to be responsible adults. They also benefit from relationships with role models.”
Archery and hunting are never mentioned in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. The bill was promoted as a way to make public facilities like schools safer from gun violence. A last-minute amendment to the legislation, right before it passed, states that the Department of Education can withhold funding from any schools that “provide any person with a dangerous weapon or provide training in the use of a dangerous weapon.”
There are fewer than 100 hunting-related fatalities across all 50 states in the country each year. Many of those fatalities included in that statistic are people who accidentally fall out of a tree stand. Even when people die from a heart attack while hunting, they are counted as a “hunting fatality.” Yet even with that loose definition, there is still an average of less than 2 hunting fatalities in each state. Obviously, none of these hunting-related fatalities happen on school grounds.
There are currently more than 9,000 schools across the country that offer hunter safety, shooting, or archery programs. Sadly, many of them have already reported that they plan to cut those programs in order to avoid losing federal funds. Millions of American students will now lose out on the opportunity to learn responsible firearm use. And what did the poor archery kids ever do to anyone? Has there been some surge in mass bow-and-arrowings that we haven’t heard about?
Not to mention the fact that shooting sports are one of the most popular activities for kids in wheelchairs. So much for that “inclusivity” that the Democrats are always talking about.
Since Congress won’t ban guns outright, and the Supreme Court is loosening states’ gun bans that violate Americans’ rights, the Democrats are turning to shadow tactics like this. The less that people know about hunting and archery, the less safe they feel around these common, constitutionally protected tools. The Democrats are playing the long game, hoping to turn public sentiment back against firearms ownership.