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Who the (Bleep) is Passing Out Guns?
The Squirrely Have Guns Too!
As I’m driving home from the grocery store today I get a phone call from my children’s school. It was a voice automated alert notifying me that our school was on lock down because we had a shooter on the loose in a neighboring county. I hung up the phone, jaw-dropped and a single-tear rolling down my face. Did I believe my kids were in danger? No. Do I have to wonder what is going through the minds of my 3rd grade daughter and 6th grade son when they are told they are on “lock down” and can’t leave their classrooms because there is a bad guy on the loose with a gun? Yes.
Lock Down in School
What happened to simple Fire Drills?
When I was a child in school the only interruptions were the fire drills. My kids have had more “lock downs” than fire drills. They are better prepared for a gunman in their school than they are a fire. My children actually have “lock down drills”. They have learned how to hide behind desks and teachers are being made to keep their classroom doors locked. Am I all for added safety at our schools? Absolutely! When it comes to children there is no such thing as “too many safety precautions”, especially in light of the recent school shooting tragedies. My problem is not with how the schools are regarding safety but what this world is coming to! Our children should not have to be subjected to “lock downs”. Our children should not have to fear going to school!
Armed and Dangerous
The shooter responsible for two entire Upstate, New York counties being shut down started his day with burning his apartment, and shooting 6 different people in two different villages within the county, killing 4 of them and leaving 2 in critical condition. This was not a man that was potentially dangerous or making threats. This was a man that had set a building on fire, shot 6 people and though he is still at large at this moment there was a time he was shooting at law enforcement officers. This man is armed and dangerous and… on the loose.
Reports are referring to the shooter as using a long gun, which law enforcement later recovered more than a half dozen of at his residence. These guns could be legally owned and they are not assault rifles. My concern is not necessarily what kind of gun is being used in this incident and whether the gun is legally owned but what the incident is doing to my community. I am talking about New York State, a state in which the Governor’s response to the Sandy Hook tragedy implemented the strictest gun laws in the United States; a decision that I admit was a hasty one and poorly thought out and executed. The new laws have been under much criticism and uproar and counties are working on repealing the new laws.
The ugly truth?
Since violence in schools and particularly school shootings are absolutely on the uprise, should we simple tell our children that this is the way it is? Do we tell our children that we'll try to protect them the best we can but this is the world we're living in and you never can be too safe? Do we shield our kids from this knowledge or do we share it with them? Personally, I'd like to see a change, but until the opposite sides of the gun-control issue can find some middle ground, there will be no change. If nobody is willing to move and we keep doing what we're doing, we'll keep getting what we're getting.
The Real Gun Control Issue
The Gun-Control issue seems to either be “Don’t violate our 2nd Amendment Rights” or “Take all the guns away”. Why aren’t we addressing the issues? I do not want to take away rights from sane, law-abiding citizens. HOWEVER, if we are going to allow deadly weapons to be purchased owned and used then we need to take precautions/actions to make it just a little difficult for criminals, violent offenders and mentally ill people from having access to them. I don’t want to have to start sewing bulletproof vests into my children’s clothes! I want to be Proud to be an American, not Afraid to be an American!
The video you are about to see will probably make you laugh, but it is not funny, it's scary.
The good news: Nobody dies in the clip, at least as far as I can tell.