Magazine article Insight on the News

Liberal Hypocrisy on Guns and Sex-Ed

Magazine article Insight on the News

Liberal Hypocrisy on Guns and Sex-Ed

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Let us, for a moment, take the sex-education pushers at their word: If you teach a child how to use a condom, you're promoting safety -- not usage.

That's what a new review of sexed curricula claims. "The overwhelming weight of evidence shows that sex education that discusses contraception does not increase sexual activity," concludes Douglas Kirby, a senior researcher at ETR Associates in Scotts Valley, Calif., in a report titled "Emerging Answers." Out of some 250 programs, Kirby identified eight (a whopping 3 percent) that purportedly reduced "sexual risk-taking, pregnancy and childbearing among teens." Two of the sex- and AIDS-education programs that showed the "strongest evidence of effectiveness" were developed by Kirby's employer.

The New York Times' breathless report on the study neglected to mention this obvious potential conflict of interest, but the article did eagerly note that abstinence-only programs have "shown no impact on young people's behavior." What Kirby's study actually says is that the evidence is "not conclusive" and that "one should be very careful about drawing conclusions about abstinence-only programs in general." The Times also failed to mention that Kirby's report was not published by any peer-reviewed scientific journal, but by an advocacy group with many members who participated in programs reviewed in Kirby's report.

But like I said, let's take them at their word: If you teach a child how to use a condom, you're promoting safety -- not usage. Why, then, doesn't the same logic apply to guns?

In Maryland, Democratic Gov. Parris Glendening recently vetoed bipartisan gun-safety-education legislation. The legislation would have made Maryland the first state in the nation to establish public-school guidelines for gun-safety instruction from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Some teachers' groups and school administrators argued against top-down, unfunded curriculum mandates. But the same groups hardly complained when the state Legislature passed a politically correct mandate for HIV-AIDS education in 1988.

Glendening's objections show just how willing some liberals are to sacrifice children's safety to absolutist antigun ideology. …

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