Ask-Tell Ideology Program --
A New Campaign
From: Vanderboegh, Michael
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2001 2:26 PM
Subject: Dueling Programs...
This is the story you should have
20 August 2001
The Patriot News Network
"The Hagoods CrossRoads
Medical Center Lays Out 'Ask-Tell' Ideology Program"
The Hagoods Crossroads Medical
Center of Pinson, Alabama announced today that it is launching a national
campaign that will encourage parents to ask other parents if they are infected
with virulent ideologies before sending their children over to play.
The new campaign is called DUMB-ASS
which stands for "Don't Underestimate Malignant Busybodies- Asking Saves
Societies." According to press reports, the DUMB-ASS program was inspired
by the similar "ASK" program currently being promoted by the Johns
Hopkins Children's Center, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Maryland
Attorney General's Office in an effort to get parents to ask other parents about
gun ownership before sending their children over to play.
Said Mike Vanderboegh, Director of
the HCRMC, "These socialist weenies are trying to recreate the Communist
block commissar program and the Hitler Youth all rolled up into one. Who cares
if the neighbor kid your child plays with has a father who owns a gun? As far as
I'm concerned, if he doesn't he's just another non-citizen slacker who doesn't
pull his own weight and expects some government flunky, or me, to come save him
if he's in trouble. What worries me is whether or not the father of my kids’
playmates subscribes to some virulent collectivist idea of society that's
contrary to capitalism, Christianity and the constitutional republic. Bad ideas
have killed far more innocents than guns in the hands of the citizenry."
Vanderboegh went further to
suggest that all liberals who don't like guns put a sign on their doors to that
effect, "so that decent Americans will know not to let their kids play with
the progeny of believers of collectivist lies." Said Vanderboegh, "It
will also let criminals know who to attack. Let one bunch of criminals get rid
of another, that's my thinking."
Sarah Brady, Maryland Gov. Parris
Glendenning, the Maryland Attorney General's Office and Johns Hopkins could not
be reached for comment.
But this is the real story...
Johns Hopkins Lays Out 'Ask-Tell' Gun Program
By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Morning Editor
August 20, 2001
(CNSNews.com) - The Johns Hopkins Children's
Center Monday is launching a national campaign that will encourage parents to
ask other parents if they keep a gun in the house before sending their
children over to play.
The new campaign is called ASK, which stands
for "Asking Saves Kids."
According to press reports, the ASK campaign
was developed by the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, the American Academy of
Pediatrics, and the Maryland Attorney General's office.
The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
includes a Center for Gun Policy and Research, which describes itself as being
dedicated to preventing gun-related deaths. The Center also tracks the number
of children who are killed each year by guns.
The Johns Hopkins program parallels other
efforts that also encourage people to inquire about firearms in private homes.
Earlier this year, a New York-based
non-profit group called Pax launched an advertising campaign urging parents to
ask if the home where their child is going to play has a gun.
A spokesman for Pax told CNSNews.com in May
that the group doesn't get involved in the politics of gun control legislation
per se, but does support government control of private firearm transactions
and the making of "ballistic fingerprints" of guns, a process in
which a cartridge is fired from a gun and a ballistic record made before the
buyer takes possession of the weapon.
But the 2nd Amendment group Gun Owners of
America considers Pax an organization that wants to erode gun rights and
demonize gun owners.
"Pax is a politically motivated
organization that would rob people of the most effective means of
self-defense," claimed John Velleco, spokesman for the Gun Owners of
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