School questionnaire asks students how many guns family owns and how they’re used

School questionnaire asks students how many guns family owns and how they’re used

As noted at LU earlier this month, Vivek Hallegere Murthy, the surgeon general hand-picked by Barack Obama, is of the opinion that banning guns is part of medicine. To this end, he believes that questions about guns in the home should be a routine part of a patient’s medical history.

Of course, not every family goes to the doctor regularly, so to fill the void in learning about handgun ownership, Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas, has taken the initiative to have students fill out a questionnaire that asks whether their family owns any guns and, if so, whether they are used for self-defense, hunting, or something else.

In case the survey isn’t already invasive enough, it goes on to ask students to identify their parents’ political views, quantifying their family’s ideological outlook on a scale of 1 to 1o, “where 10=strong liberal and 10=strong conservative.” Give the school credit. For 10, they could have substituted “bitter clinger.”

Here’s the questionnaire in its entirety.

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The survey was reportedly brought to the public’s attention by Michael Cargill, a gun rights activist and host of the radio show “Come and Talk It.” Cargill is quoted by Infowars as having said:

[The Second Amendment] is a great conversation for kids to have in the classroom and definitely for journalism because it applies directly to our Constitution… but the questions that concern me are the ones that ask ‘how many firearms does your parents have at home?’ and ‘what political affiliations do your parents have?’ That’s private.

The Infowars article goes on to point out that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is increasingly partnering with public schools.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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