U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- Second Amendment supporters are correctly focused on the upcoming mid-term elections, during which a lot of gubernatorial races, state legislature seats, not to mention the entire United States House of Representatives, and 35 seats in the United States Senate (to include the seat vacated by James Inhofe, a longtime Second Amendment champion). But there will be other races to focus on which will have long-term effects on the Second Amendment.
Those will be your local school boards. Just look at the coverage of what has actually been taught and how much resistance is going on against letting parents know what is going on. You can bet that among the indoctrination is a healthy dose of anti-Second Amendment extremism.
The good news is that it is much easier to run – and win – many local school board elections than it is for a number of other offices. The monetary expenses are relatively low and dedicated grassroots work can have an outsized effect in that election.
The stakes, of course, are the future of the Second Amendment. The fact of the matter is that Second Amendment supporters must always be looking to pass it on to future generations. Helping to prepare the next generation of pro-Second Amendment activists is one aspect of responsibly exercising our Second Amendment rights that we need to take seriously.
That said, it may not be enough to just win school board elections. In essence, it will also take a lot of involvement with your local schools, including looking over the course materials and textbooks. This is not just going to be fixed by winning one election – many of the teachers, administrators, and bureaucrats could be willing to defy the law.
Think about this: Schools get an average of about seven hours a day with children. That is a lot of time for left-wing teachers to indoctrinate students. In addition, there have been cases where parents are being actively deceived about their children in certain situations as a matter of policy.
Second Amendment supporters will have to be prepared to wage a lengthy and difficult fight in order to ensure our public schools are not bastions of anti-Second Amendment indoctrination. Part of that will be ensuring that if their children express a desire to go into education, they are encouraged to do so.
This is not to say that state and federal elections won’t also matter. If anything, they will be crucial as well, since federal and state money always comes with strings attached. But the defeat of anti-Second Amendment extremists via the ballot box in future decades may well come down to winning the battles over your local schools.
About Harold Hutchison
Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.