Quoting Quiverfull: Anti-Gun Culture Reason To Homeschool?

Quoting Quiverfull: Anti-Gun Culture Reason To Homeschool? July 11, 2013

by Mary Pride of Homeschool World on Facebook

Today’s reason to homeschool: hysteria over a tiny plastic “gun” that is shorter than my thumb. Is it clear by now that it’s the very concept of guns *in the hands of civilians* that schools are trying to eradicate? Kids aren’t allowed to draw pictures of guns, point their fingers and pretend cops ‘n robbers, or even sign their name if it includes a “gun” finger position (no lie, this happened). The message: guns are EEEEEEVIL, and any mention of them (such as in a paper written for school on the topic of hunting, or on a t-shirt) must be harshly punished (yes, that happened, too). Meanwhile, heavily armed cops patrol schools, arresting kids for infractions that would have just sent them to the principal’s office in the past, and more and more schools are scheduling “active shooter” drills where PACKS of heavily armed police storm the school. Anyone else bothered by this?

(Editor’s note: This is only one of the many pro-gun/anti-public school quotes in Mary Pride’s Facebook. She uses anti-gun culture to justify homeschooling on many occasions.)

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • acutler

    Where does the inseparability of guns and Christianity come from with
    some of these people? The only instance of Jesus talking about weapons
    that comes to my mind is when He told Peter to sheath his sword when
    Peter tried to defend Him.

  • Nightshade

    I guess from the place in the Bible where God commanded his followers to arm themselves against people like Saul when he persecuted the Christians…oh wait, that didn’t happen, did it?

  • mayarend

    What the hell does “or even sign their name if it includes a “gun” finger position” mean?

  • Nightshade

    This story, I think. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/28/13531342-deaf-childs-sign-language-name-looks-too-much-like-gun-parent-says-school-told-him?lite Just for the record I think the ‘no guns’ policy IS being taken way too far in this case, but justification for homeschooling? Nope.

  • mayarend

    Oh, thanks. I thought sign as in “write down” sign, not as in “signal”. Not my native language so I confuse things sometimes 😛
    In this case, definitely crazy. But overall “let’s take a couple extreme cases and make it look like the norm” reaction.

  • brbr2424

    Does anyone wonder if Mary Pride suffers from mental health issues? This is a woman with a tremendous chip on her shoulder. She made a radical choice, and isn’t self aware enough to imagine that, while her choice is right for her, others will make different choices that work for them. The insecurity she projects is pathetic.

  • persephone

    Now my head hurts.