Seriously -- look at what the former superintendent of the school district that was not good enough for the Obamas to send their kids to had to say about the Second Amendment.
Americans value their children, their safety, and the right to pursue their dreams without fear — and those “common values” trump the rights set forth in the U.S. Constitution, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said last Friday in a speech at a Washington, D.C., elementary school.
In the coming weeks, Duncan said he plans to spend a lot of time visiting schools and communities — to talk about gun violence:
“I want to talk to gun owners and hunters and sport shooters and ask them, what should we do? I want to talk about community and responsibility, and I want to talk about values — because we have common values that go far beyond the constitutional right to bear arms.
“We value our children. We value our safety. We value our freedom to go to a movie theater or house of worship and do what we want to do so long as we are not compromising the freedom of others. We value the right to live our daily lives and pursue our dreams, without fear.”
But remember what Arne Duncan's values do include. You know, not teaching children basic reading skills that will allow them to function in a modern society. Not graduating half of the kids who start high school. Providing kids the wost quality education in the country. Not protecting students from illegal physical abuse by teachers who are then permitted to keep teaching.
So tell me -- on what basis do the views of this man merit any consideration? Or is educational malpractice one of the American values the Secretary of Education is putting ahead of our Constitution?