U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined a group of his Republican Senate colleagues in a letter to President Biden urging the administration to withdraw its outrageous plan to block funding for Montana elementary and secondary school hunting and archery programs.
The letter condemns the Biden administration’s purposeful misinterpretation of last year’s gun control bill to justify blocking funding for Montana schools with these outdoor recreation programs. More than 500,000 students participate and are certified through hunter education courses each year in the U.S. These important programs help students learn how to handle firearms safely — in turn, decreasing firearm-related injuries and accidents.
In the letter, the senators urge President Biden to withdraw this guidance immediately and support hunter education and archery programs in schools across the country.
“While the administration claims to be eliminating dangerous activities, this guidance will, in fact, have the opposite effect. These programs provided thousands of students with the opportunity to learn proper instruction for firearm and archery safety,” the senators wrote. “By including hunter education in schools, students are given the tools to be safe and responsible hunters. It is now clearer than ever that the Biden Administration will use the bill to attack the constitutional rights of Americans.”
Co-signers of the letter include U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).
Full text of the letter can be found here.