National Rifle Association (NRA) news commentator Billy Johnson suggested this week that the U.S. should make gun training for children "necessary to advance to the next grade" in school.
In a video (below) released by the NRA on July 21, Johnson stated, "What if instead of gun free-zones we had gun-required zones?"
"Gun policy driven by our need for guns would insist that we introduce young people to guns early and that we'd give them the skills to use firearms safely. Just like we teach them reading and writing, necessary skills," stated Johnson, notes MediaMatters.org.
"We would teach shooting and firearm competency," Johnson added. "It wouldn't matter if a child's parents weren't good at it. We'd find them a mentor. It wouldn't matter if they didn't want to learn. We would make it necessary to advance to the next grade."
While Johnson suggested more government regulation, he did not mention that the NRA has spent $21 million to oppose laws and regulations that encroach on the lives of American gun owners, notes USA Today.
Johnson failed to mention that most Americans are not killed by a scary stranger coming to rob them, but rather by someone they know, loved ones and family members, according to the FBI.
Johnson also didn't mention a 2013 study that found countries with higher rates of gun ownership, such as the U.S., had higher rates of gun-related deaths, reports The Guardian.