[Video] High School Caught Blocking NRA Website, but Allowing Moms Demand Action

June 20 2014
by GSL Staff
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A high school student in Woodbury, CT was tasked with researching the topic of gun control for a school assignment.

Given such a topic, one would assume that one of the resources that could be used to talk about the debate would be information from the websites of organizations on both sides of the debate. So the student tried to visit the homepages of the National Rifle Asssociation and Moms Demand Action. What he found was very interesting.

According to Fox CT,

18-year-old Andrew Lampart, a senior at Nonnewaug High School, said he made the discovery when he was doing research for a classroom debate on gun control in May. Lampart said he first noticed that he could not get on the web site for the National Rifle Association.

“So, I went over to the other side. And I went over on sites such as Moms Demand Action or Newtown Action Alliance and I could get on these Web sites but not the others,” Lampart said.

We’ve heard from several people that this website is blocked by many corporate firewalls and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn it’s blocked in some schools such as the one mentioned above. At least in a corporate setting it can be argued that blocking websites is for productivity reasons, however schools are supposed to encourage kids to think freely, not just get one side of the issue.

It seems that the website blocking went further than just the gun issue though. It seems that the school’s website blocking methodology was totally partisan in nature. Also from Fox CT,

Lampart investigated further, by broadening his search terms to Connecticut’s political parties.

“I immediately found out that the State Democrat web site was unblocked but the State GOP web site was blocked.”

Lampart even looked at Web sites focusing on abortion issues and religion. He found that “right-to-life” groups were blocked by the public school firewall but that Planned Parenthood and Pro-Choice America were not. He also tried to get on web sites such as Christianity.com and the Vatican’s web site but both were blocked. Islam-guide.com he found, was not.

This is certainly discouraging, but it certainly fits into the anti-gun hysteria we’ve seen sweeping our schools recently. There was a time that schools would have rifle teams and seeing shotguns sitting in truck gun racks was a common sight in school parking lots, but now we have children being punished for literally even thinking about guns.

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