Politics and politicians: amazing. Simply amazing.

Discussion in 'Hunters Rights Forum' started by The Other David, May 2, 2000.

  1. The Other David

    The Other David Elite Refuge Member

    Apr 15, 2000
    I am amazed at how some politicians can turn any bill into an anti-gun bill. Even old Ted (Scoot over, honey, I'll drive) Kennedy is finding a way spin this.

    Gun Debate Spills Over into Education

    U.S. Senate Democrats are looking to the education arena as the debate begins again over gun-safety locks and other measures stalled in the juvenile-justice bill, the Associated Press reported May 1.
    "You can't separate safety and security in schools from the issue of the availability and the accessibility of guns," said Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.). "The public understands that school violence prevention is a complex issue. The American people are increasingly demanding that we take action."

    The Democrats and Republicans began meetings on an education bill to determine who should control $20 billion in federal K-12 grants.

    Democrats are promoting class-size reduction and after-school funding, while the Republicans favor voucher proposals and block grants.

    "There is a clear difference between us on who should set the priorities; people are going to want to know both sides," said Joseph Karpinski, a spokesman for Sen. James Jeffords (R-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee. "We would hope it could stay a pure debate on education."

    But Kennedy said the Democrats plan to introduce gun-control proposals, pointing out that the guns used in the Columbine High School massacre were obtained by teen gunmen through loopholes in the law.

    "When you talk about security and safety in schools, most of us have historically looked at smaller class sizes, after-school programs, and better trained teachers, but part of this whole thing is having schools free from easy accessibility to guns," Kennedy said.

    Some observers, however, said that focusing on guns would compromise education. "It's certainly a mistake," said Darcy Olsen, who analyzes education policy for the Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank. "It raises eyebrows anytime you try to pass legislation on one topic under the guise of another. That compromises both gun policy and education policy."

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