I know that this is silly, but it just part of the hypocrisy of it all. If he truly believes that guns are so bad, why is playing with them with his kids?
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A mom in Michigan made 30 chocolate cupcakes for her son Hunter’s class birthday party. She brought the cupcakes to the office so that they could bring them to the classroom, which they accepted. Within 15 minutes of dropping off her cupcakes, she received a phone call about said cupcakes to tell her that they couldn’t be served.
You see Hunter helped his mom decorate the cupcakes and used toy soldiers to do so. These soldiers were replicas of those who served in WWII. The school, in their infinite wisdom, decided that those soldiers were upsetting to the children and “insensitive”. The school has doubled down and defended this action:
“These are toys that were commonplace in the past,” she wrote. “However, some parents prohibit all guns as toys. In light of that difference, the school offered to replace the soldiers with another item and the soldiers were returned home with the student.”
“Living in a democratic society entails respect for opposing opinions,” she stated. “In the climate of recent events in schools we walk a delicate balance in teaching non-violence in our buildings and trying to ensure a safe, peaceful atmosphere.”
First, one would think that someone with the education she must have she would understand that do not live in a democracy, we live in a Constitutional Republic. Look, I understand that there are many parents who do not give their children guns to play with, I respect that. But I don’t see how exposing our children to WWII soldiers is really giving them guns to play with. These soldiers have been rightly labeled “The Greatest Generation”, have we forgotten how much they sacrificed in order to keep the American way of life? This isn’t hyperbole, fascism and totalitarism was on the march and those soldiers gave their lives so it wouldn’t reach our shores.
Hunter’s dad has had this to say:
Fountain said it was beyond outrageous to compare American soldiers to deranged mass murderers.
“In our politically correct society they can’t separate the good from the bad,” he said. ”I’m sure hammers are allowed in schools — although a lot of people are killed by hammers.”
We have become so politically correct in our society that we can’t see the forest thru the trees.
Another similar incident is making some news as well.
Do you remember the Denise’s husband Martin from the Cosby Show? His real name is Joseph C. Phillips, he is married with children and living in the Los Angeles area. His son is 15 years old. He used his own money to buy himself one of those air BB guns. He was very proud of his purchase, I am sure that he used money he earned at his dad’s restaurant was part of that pride. His son was showing a picture (yes, you read that correctly) on his phone to his friends. A teacher happened to be walking by. The teacher not only confiscated the phone, he also questioned the boy’s mental state. To make matters worse, his parents were not contacted by the school. His son finally told him about the incident days after it happened. Phillips (a Facebook friend of mine) was furious. Part of the letter he sent to the school:
It may come as a shock to Mr. DeLarme, It may even be news to you, but my son is not the only boy in Woodland Hills with a BB gun. There are quite a few boys attending your school who not only own BB guns, but own real guns as well. (Some of them play air soft with my son!) Their fathers, mothers, and brothers also own guns and shoot regularly. Owning a gun is NOT a sign of mental illness. Owning a BB gun is NOT an indication of mental instability! Certainly, showing friends a photograph of a gun is NOT a warning sign that a student is a potential danger to his classmates! I object, in the strongest of terms, to my son being treated as a potential danger and to his being threatened with law enforcement. I further object to not being notified! If Mr. DeLarme truly believed my son presented a danger, both my wife and I should have been notified immediately!
Turns out this teacher is a strong advocate of gun control. Shocker!!!
“…our country’s position on gun control and violence is what makes such situations probable.”
It is not only acceptable, but preferable, that a teacher reach out about a student that they feel is mentally unstable and who could potentially cause harm to others. But that doesn’t mean that every 15-year-old who shoots air guns is that danger. Plenty of children play with air guns or paint guns. My nephew used to love to play with paint guns when he was younger. It was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. He is all grown and has never shot anyone. As far as I know, he doesn’t even own a gun today. But the most reprehensible part of this story is that they were threatening this child with law enforcement without contacting his parents. This is a minor we are talking about here. A parent has the right to know that his child is being looked at as a danger to others.
We have gone way too far. Schools have a responsibility to protect their students to the best of their abilities. That doesn’t give them the right to treat children who are interested in WWII soldiers and BB Guns as criminals.
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There, I said it. I am so astonished, flabbergasted, and appalled at the presser that Wayne La Pierre and the NRA held today. While he started out just fine, it just got creepier and yes Orwellian as it went along.
A federal program that puts an armed guard in every school across the country? Uh, no. The security of a particular school system is a local/state issue, not a federal one. Smitty over at The Other McCain accused me of being so federalist. My reply, you’re damn skippy I am. What conservative can get behind this suggestion? This is something that the left would do, not the right. Not the gun part, but the federal government control part. I mean the irony of all this is so thick you can cut it with a knife. Some on the right are heralding this as the great cure-all, and the left is screaming about it. Neither of things are true.
First and foremost, I am 100% against forcing a teacher to become a gun toter. Many teachers would not want to do this, and as an American citizen that is their right. The second amendment says nothing about every American must bear arms, it says the government can’t infringe upon that right. Even if the teacher was someone who liked guns, I still think it is a bad idea. All the students would know that the teacher is armed and I believed it could be a huge distraction; especially in schools were violence is an everyday part of life for the student body. What I would be willing to go along with would be highly trained and certified guard of some sort. I know where I live the police department has a unit of people who are hired out to all kinds of locations, even to some jewelry stores in the area. But only if the school system wants this type of thing. I don’t think it should be forced on a federal level. This is something that state/locality should decide upon. I know here in Virginia there is discussion if our Constitution would even allow the commonwealth to force this on every school system. A bill is expected to be put into our legislature next month. We will see how it goes.
But the thing that really takes the cake for me is the national database of the mentally ill. What??????? Does he really think that a person like me deserves to have my name put into a national database simply because I have a chemical imbalance in my brain? I have been very open and honest about my mental illness on this blog. It didn’t start out that way, but over time I have come to realize that in a very small way I could try to lift the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
Mental illness isn’t really a science. There is no blood test to determine if you have it or not. It is more of an art when it comes to getting a proper diagnosis. Which, by the way, is part of the problem. There is no way to determine who is going to become violent. The vast majority of mentally ill people are not in any dangerous to other people. They are in many ways self-destructive, but not dangerous. The differences between the two is huge.
I have been having a discussion about this on my Facebook page and have been told that I am already in a database about my MDD. True, but that is for purposes of insurance. While the police/government could get access to that information if they really needed to, but it would take a court order to do so. The differences between a private company having this information for those type of purposes and the federal government creating one that they alone have access to don’t compare in any way, shape, or form.
Am I going to have to start wearing a scarlet letter to identify myself to others too?
I have already seen comparisons between La Pierre and Hitler around the intertubes. I am sorry, but that isn’t so far off. Hitler didn’t like the mentally ill either. I am was not considered a good person to continue breeding, heaven knows I shouldn’t create any more mentally unstable people to mess up the landscape and the perfect utopia that due to be created in the imagination of that madman.
Under no circumstances should anyone be heralding the idea of a national database about mental illness. If you are, ask yourself, who gets to determine who is mentally ill or not? Does a woman who goes through postpartum depression get added? Postpartum depression is something that last a few months and is curable (yes curable) by a short round of meds. Many women don’t even go the route of meds, they push their way through it. Does a person who experiences a bout of depression after a divorce get added? Do we add all the over medicated children we have across the country too? Does he have any idea how this hinder getting medical treatment for such illnesses? Did he even remotely think this through? We already have a huge problem with stigma about mental illness in this country. This would make an already big problem even more unmanageable.
This is a violation of our freedoms and rights of epic proportions. It needs to be ridiculed for what it is. A Orwellian overreach of government. Wayne La Pierre should be deeply ashamed of his performance today, deeply and profoundly. SMDH.
“I’m enjoying the run when something catches my eye and it’s this coyote. I know he knows I’m there. He never looks at me, he is laser-locked on that dog,” [Gov. Rick] Perry said.
“I holler and the coyote stopped. I holler again. By this time I had taken my weapon out and charged it. It is now staring dead at me. Either me or the dog are in imminent danger. I did the appropriate thing and sent it to where coyotes go,” he said.
Perry said the laser-pointer helped make a quick, clean kill.
“It was not in a lot of pain,” he said. “It pretty much went down at that particular juncture.”
Texas state law allows people to shoot coyotes that are threatening livestock or domestic animals. The dog was unharmed, Perry said.
Perry’s security detail was not required to file a report about the governor discharging a weapon, said Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange.
“People shoot coyotes all the time, snakes all the time,” Mange said. “We don’t write reports.”
The governor left the coyote where it fell.
“He became mulch,” Perry said.
Don’t mess with Texas, where stultifying bureaucracies and political correctness have yet to dominate practical reality.
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