On gun control and school walk-outs
(Cross-posted from my Facebook feed)
I’m about to lose a bunch of “friends” because…feelings over logic… If you cannot be rational, good riddance. I’ve already been called a racist, homophobic, misogynistic nazi, so it’s only uphill from there. Those who know me, know better. Those who don’t know me and judge anyway don’t matter.
My heart is broken. I have cried for days for the senseless loss of precious children at the hands of a maniac. I have not yet gotten over the October tragedy (remember, I can practically reach out and touch Mandalay Bay from my front yard.) I want solutions. So far, all I’ve seen is uneducated speculation, idiocy, and “muh feelings.” Main-stream media is feeding irrational fears and, often, flat-out lying! Meanwhile, there are sides but no solutions. What the living hell?
Here is what the kids who walked out took time off of school for today:
1. Ban assault rifles.
Done. Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994
2. Require universal background checks before gun sales.
Done. National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) — Mandated by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 and launched by the FBI on November 30, 1998
3. Pass a gun violence restraining order law that would allow courts to disarm people who display warning signs of violent behavior.
Done. Oh, and the “trade show loophole” is a myth, always has been.
Reasons you can be denied from purchasing a gun (since 1993):
Convicted of a felony
Convicted in any court of a crime which is punishable by a term of more than one year or a misdemeanor punishable by more than two years. This is the number one reason why requests for firearm transfers are denied.
Indicted for a crime punishable by more than one year
A fugitive from justice
A user of illegal drugs or an addict
Involuntarily committed to a mental institution
An illegal alien
Dishonorably discharged from the armed forces
Renounced your U.S. citizenship
Subject to a restraining order for threatening a family member
Convicted of domestic violence
Under an indictment, but not convicted, of a crime carrying a possible year-long prison sentence
***When I was battered and hospitalized, I filed a restraining order which included a request that my soon-to-be ex-husband be disarmed both because he threatened MY life and HIS OWN (suicide was his go-to control tactic.) My request was categorically denied by the Olympia, WA PD for no reason other than “he owns the property.” This was in DIRECT VIOLATION of actual law. SO…laws helped…***
Let’s play the “ban all guns game.” Seriously, let’s do it. It works so very well, and it makes you feel good. Ban ’em all, even muskets and BB guns. We have a great history of things like this working. For instance, EVERYBODY stopped drinking in 1920 and there was positively no way to get alcohol anywhere. When Nixon declared a war on drugs, all addictions immediately stopped and we’ve had no issues with that or cartels ever since. No child is in danger of being sexually violated, ever.
Come on! We don’t even enforce our own immigration laws.
(hint: criminals, by definition, do not give a shit about laws)
There’s an old proverb, “When marriage is banned, only outlaws will have in-laws.” You can’t stop the black market anymore than you can stop stupid…obviously…
Things that will ACTUALLY prevent these horrific events:
STOP MEDICATING CHILDREN!!!! 100% were on meds, most for ADD
Pay attention to your damn kids. Most of these kids were bullied, neglected, and/or came from single-parent households (or the foster program)
#bangunfreezones (it’s making our children fish in a barrel, with an inviting sign)
Enforce the laws already in place
Pay attention to social media and …oh, I don’t know… people who call the FBI and say that they want to be a school shooter
If you are afraid of the teachers being allowed to carry because of their mental state, why the HELL do you allow them to shape young minds at all? These crazies should be fired. Unions be damned
Do. Not. Disarm. The. Good. Guys.
Educate yourselves. Automatic guns have been banned for decades (1920s). Just because it’s black and scary-looking does not mean it is an “assault rifle.” In fact, it was a (sad) blessing that this nutjob chose an AR-15, as he had less range and mobility and therefore hit fewer victims. Disgusting, but true
So…kids are being celebrated for walking out of institutions of education to protest something they are *NOT* educated about. Funny, that.
They are not solving the problem. They are propagating it. They cannot even see the irony of using one Constitutional right to try to deny another.
Educate each other. Love each other. It’s the only way.