An NRA official commented on the issue of paddling children in schools last Wednesday while addressing a bill that would eliminate corporal punishment in Texas public schools. Charles Cotton has served on the NRA board for 13 years and is in favor of keeping this type of punishment in the school system.
New York Daily News cites the TexasCHLForum in where Cotton wrote his controversial comment about Bill HB567, which is proposed legislation to stop corporal punishment in the state’s schools. It’s hasn’t yet been scheduled for a vote. What Cotton wrote is drawing criticism due to its seemingly “unfiltered” nature.
“I’m sick of this woman and her ‘don’t touch my kid regardless what he/she did or will do again’ attitude. Perhaps a good paddling in school may keep me from having to put a bullet in him later.”
The NRA official on paddling children in the school system is somewhat echoed by the gun rights organization itself. To sum it up, they believe upholding corporal punishment is viewed as a strategy helpful in reducing bad behavior in children at an early age. The group reasons that increased criminal activity leads to a need for weapons to use in self-defense.
“Behavior problems and violence in schools that use corporal punishment as an option is lower than in major school districts like Houston I.S.D. and Dallas I.S.D. where corporal punishment have been prohibited by their respective school boards. This is F-rated Alma Allen’s latest attempt to neuter schools and teachers ability to control and teach students and this has a direct impact on the crime rate in Texas.”
Charles Cotton is a 13-year board member of the National Rifle Association, a lifetime member of the Texas State Rifle Association, and serves on the board of directors of the PSC Shooting Club, Inc. in Friendswood. His biography adds he also serves the in Board of Trustees of the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund.
The Inquisitr covered a story recently about corporal punishment in schools and how parents may be unaware of what it may involve. A thorough look at surprisingly legal punishment tactics can be read here. The article reveals that far more than paddling goes on in numerous schools throughout the U.S.
Charles Cotton’s stance on paddling is sure to anger anti-gun activists and those against corporal punishment. The NRA official speaking out on being in favor of paddling children in school livens the debate on both gun control and corporal punishment.
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