Sunday, January 4, 2015

Distorted Priorities: Ad for Moms Demand Action Makes Good Point About Guns

by Nomad

I saw this brilliant ad. Just another example of how powerful special interests have warped our sense of perspective.

The fine print at the bottom reads:
We keep "Little Red Riding Hood" out of schools because of the bottle of wine in her basket."
Here's a little information about the organization, Moms Demand Action. It was founded by Shannon Watts in Indianapolis, on December 15, 2012, the day after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. By the beginning of this year, the advocacy group had grown to 130,000 members and now has chapters in all 50 states.

Although in comparison to the the mega-lobbying organization National Rifle Association, Moms Demand Action is a David facing Goliath. Moms Demand Action's primary goal is to lobby members of Congress to strengthen and expand background checks for individuals purchasing guns. 

It has also called upon American companies to institute policies that promote gun sense, a common-sense approach to protecting our children and families from the growing epidemic of gun violence in America.

Update:In fairness, Little Red Riding Hood was banned but not recently. There are better examples of the kind of banned books in public schools. Here is what one source has to say:
Indeed, Little Red Riding Hood doesn’t appear on any of the library association’s lists of most frequently banned books. The list of frequently banned and challenged "classic" books includes The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
There are quite a few other things that have been banned in public schools besides automatic weapons. Here are a few

  • A bill passed in Tennessee earlier this year declared hand-holding a 'gateway sexual activity,' with teachers facing firing for even demonstrating the action.
  • A surprising number of schools around the country have banned hugging.
  • Due to its "aggressive" nature, dodgeball has been banned in schools across North America, as it's frequently named the cause of injuries and fights.
Book bags
  • There's one school in Michigan doesn't allow bags into the classroom at all.
Bake Sales
  • A recent ban on bake sales in a Massachusetts school was overturned. The reason for the ban was that the food lack nutrition.
Black Makeup
For some reason, we as a society think that hugging and hand-holding are somehow more dangerous than an assault weapon.