The State of Wyoming has told Joe Biden to pound sand after the Democrat president moved to defund hunter education and archery programs in schools.
The White House slammed such programs as “dangerous weapons training” for students.
Wyoming will not go along with Biden and instead will expand those programs in public schools throughout the state, officials said.
Republican U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) delivered the bad news to Biden.
“I’m going to do everything I can to stop Washington politics from getting into Wyoming classrooms,” Barrasso said.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department Director Brian Nesvik said the state will fund the programs.
In a statement, Nesvik said:
“It’s not just about firearms.
“It’s not just about firearms safety, hunter education includes instruction in outdoor survival, wildlife identification and biology, conservation, staying safe in grizzly country, and more.
“There’s a lot of discipline that goes into learning how to archery hunt, or to just archery shoot.”
According to Cowboy State Daily:
Federal officials set off a controversy earlier this year by proposing cutting money for school programs involving hunter education, archery, or shooting sports.
The funding cuts were piggybacked on the federal 2022 Safer Communities Act, which came in response to school shootings and received wide bipartisan support.
Cutting money for school programs that allegedly provide “dangerous weapon training” would help create a safer and more positive environment in schools, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
A Wyoming shooting sports coach and others recently told Cowboy State Daily that they’re worried about how the cuts could affect their activities.
In Wyoming, however, the programs could be paid for entirely through the Game and Fish Department, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, and some private sponsors, Nesvik said.