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Arne Duncan Has One Good Idea: A Parent Boycott to Demand Better Gun Control

May 22, 2018

Readers of the blog know that I generally do not support any ideas that come from former United States Department of Education chief Arne Duncan, whose Race to the Top initiative used billions of dollars to promote the test-and-punish reforms launched by No Child Left Behind. Yesterday, though, Mr. Duncan came up with an idea that these disparate times call for: he endorsed an idea advanced by former assistant education secretary in the Obama administration, Peter Cunningham, who wrote, “Maybe it’s time for America’s 50 million school parents to simply pull their kids out of school until we have better gun laws.”

Newsweek magazine reported Mr. Duncan’s Twitter reaction to Mr. Cunningham yesterday:

“This is brilliant, and tragically necessary. What if no children went to school until gun laws changed to keep them safe? My family is all in if we can do this at scale. Parents, will you please join us?” tweeted Duncan in response to former education assistant Peter Cunningham’s essay urging parents to “demand common sense gun laws” by forcing Congress to act in an election year. Cunningham cited polls showing two in three Americans support stricter gun laws, but that Congress won’t act on reforming firearm legislation unless they fear being voted out of office.

Mr. Cunningham staked out his ideas for “common sense gun laws” in his essay as follows:

“What if every parent in America kept their children home from school on September 4 until Congress passed a package of gun laws that currently enjoy overwhelming support? That includes background checks for all gun purchases, a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and funding for gun research,” he proposed.

The devil of this movement is in the details, because the NRA is undoubtedly writing material now that will define “common sense gun laws” like “banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines” as “confiscating everyone’s weapons” and “funding for gun research” as some kind of wild-eyed conspiracy plot by “liberal elites” to establish the same result. The slippery slope argument… the argument that “first they came for our guns” as depicted in the posters below… will rear its ugly head. But from where I sit, if we do not restrict the “rights” of gun owners we will continue to erode the “rights” of school children to attend schools without fear… and when that right disappears we will training our children to live in a world of fear and not a world of compassion. We can’t let that happen.

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