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Time for Unity Among Organizations Representing School Boards, Teachers, Administrators, and Parents

February 28, 2018

Over the past several days President Trump has received massive publicity on his irrational response to the mass killings in schools: namely, his proposal to arm and train teachers. But as one who opposes virtually every idea advanced by Mr. Trump and the GOP, I must give the devil his due: the AFT and NEA and countless student and parent organizations had to use bandwidth to push back against his preposterous idea… And as post by Diane Ravitch indicates Mr. Trump’s idea spurred legislative action in FL…

As one who believes that military grade weapons should not be available to citizens (and I’ll leave it to legislators to debate what constitutes “military grade”), I find it maddening that every time a mass murder occurs the NRA makes deeper inroads!

The NYTimes had an insightful article this weekend on how the NRA makes this happen. As the article notes, the NRA doesn’t buy legislators, it buys influence. Here’s a quote from the article:

To many of its opponents, that decades-long string of victories is proof that the N.R.A. has bought its political support. But the numbers tell a more complicated story: The organization’s political action committee over the last decade has not made a single direct contribution to any current member of the Florida House or Senate, according to campaign finance records.

In Florida and other states across the country, as well as on Capitol Hill, the N.R.A. derives its political influence instead from a muscular electioneering machine, fueled by tens of millions of dollars’ worth of campaign ads and voter-guide mailings, that scrutinizes candidates for their views on guns and propels members to the polls.

“It’s really not the contributions,” said Cleta Mitchell, a former N.R.A. board member. “It’s the ability of the N.R.A. to tell its members: Here’s who’s good on the Second Amendment.”

If those of us who seek sane legislation on guns could get behind one organization who turned out voters whose rabidity matched that of the NRA voters we MIGHT be able to turn the tide… And the recent spate of school shooting MIGHT make it possible for NSBA. NEA, AFT, AASA, and national PTA leaders to coalesce to get parents, teachers, and community members to vote out legislators who are proposing irrational bills like those just enacted in FL. If those groups banded together to form a “Safe Schools Alliance”, they might be able to form a muscular electioneering machine,  fueled by tens of millions of dollars’ worth of campaign ads and voter-guide mailings that would “scrutinize candidates for their views on guns and propel members to the polls”. If those who seek sane legislation in the name of providing a safe place for students to attend school, for dancers to attend night clubs, for concert goers to see performers, for cineasts to see movies, or for worshippers to attend churches, synagogues or mosques, we need to get together a group who will identify who’s SANE on the Second Amendment.

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