Report: Biden Admin Withholding Funds from Schools with Hunting Programs

Children Practicing Archery (Philippe Lissac/Getty Images)
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A FOX News report claims that the Biden Administration is withholding funding for schools that have archery and/or hunting programs.

According to FOX News, there are certain funds earmarked for archery and hunting programs via the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. But the Biden Administration is allegedly claiming the gun control package Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) helped secure in the summer of 2022 “[precludes] school hunting and archery classes…from receiving federal funding.”

The gun control package, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), amended a subsection in the ESEA to prohibit any act to provide dangerous weapons or pay for “training in the use of a dangerous weapon.”

Cornyn is now trying to get the amended language reinterpreted.

He wrote a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, saying:

We were alarmed to learn recently that the Department of Education has misinterpreted the BCSA to require the defending of certain longstanding educational and enrichment programs — specifically, archery and hunter education classes — for thousands of children, who rely on these programs to develop life skills, learn firearm safety and build self-esteem.

Cornyn added, “The Department mistakenly believes that the BSCA precludes funding these enrichment programs. Such an interpretation contradicts congressional intent and the text of the BSCA.”

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) was a signatory on the letter with Cornyn.

Cornyn spoke at the Texas Republican Party Convention after the gun control package he negotiated passed Congress, and the audience booed him.

Breitbart News noted the Texas GOP crowd reportedly chanted, “No red flags” and “Say no to Cornyn” while he was speaking.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in 2010 and holds a Ph.D. in Military History, with a focus on the Vietnam War (brown water navy), U.S. Navy since Inception, the Civil War, and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Reach him directly at


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