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Gun Safety Advocates Need To Put Their Votes Into Action

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 02/25/18 20:38, Edited: 02/25/18 20:58

by Dave Mindeman

There isn't much that makes me angrier than this stupid suggestion that teachers should be armed and made responsible for protecting kids from gunmen.

Republicans shouldn't pretend that all of a sudden they have some profound respect for the teaching profession and trust them implicitly with saving children in a life or death situation. Damn hypocrites.

They refuse to pay teacher's what they are worth. They cut the funding on basic supplies. They refuse to add funding for school mental health counselors. They get blamed for disciplinary problems...for student failures.....for sub-standard sex education...for what books should or shouldn't be read....and for high parental expectations without parental involvement.

But now, they are the next scapegoat for doing nothing about guns. Republicans know that arming teachers is a ridiculous notion. But they think that people will be distracted by the possibility. That they will be able to change the subject when it comes to guns. Don't take guns off the street - just put more in the schools.

It is assinine. It is hypocritical. And it just adds to the danger.

Stop it. Just stop the insanity. We all know that avoiding the subject of gun proliferation is a smokescreen from gun manufacturers and their congressional campaign donation recipients.

Gun safety laws aren't any threat to the 2nd Amendment. But the more we hide behind that amendment to protect ALL of our 300 million guns, the more dangerous we make America.

No loophole background checks, an enhanced and efficient data system, banning gun stocks, an assault weapons ban are sensible gun regulations which will help save lives. They will not prevent every single shooting incident - we know that. But it will stop more than we do now.

And in addition, we need to stop stupid laws like conceal/carry reciprocity, stand your ground, and refusing to allow gun safety studies by the CDC.

Again, we need common sense and reasonable measures that will take the most lethal weapons out of the hands of the people most likely to abuse them.

I do not understand why responsible gun owners are made to feel threatened by these common sense remedies. But then, I do know why. It is the gun lobby, the NRA, the gun manufacturers who spread the ridiculous notion that their legally obtained guns via proper checks will be taken away if ANYTHING is changed.

The dialogue is always poisoned. The debate unfair and not reasonable. This is about our kids and public safety. The most basic right of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. The Parkland victims were deprived of that basic right because we, as a society, are too cowardly to act.

No more. No more dead students. No more fearmongering. No more threats. No more intimidation.

The majority of America, the 70 to 90% who want gun reform, need to do more that just give an opinion.

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02/28/18 13:14
Waste of time. Fix the 2nd amendment or take steps to fix problems. Here is what happens in a Red state:


It is a crisis intervention facility that provides law enforcement with options to deal with real-life problems. When encountered, a case such as the Florida teen can be delivered to this center where trained professionals can deal with the situation.

According to Governor Hutchinson's press release this morning: "...Arkansas is the only state to have established a network of state-funded crisis centers, integrated with law enforcement, with the goal of reducing the number of people with mental illness being incarcerated in county jails and providing these individuals the behavioral health services they need to stabilize their conditions."

Tinkering around the edges of this regulation or that "check" or instituting yet another "dead child law" is a waste of time. You are not going to figure out a way to remove 360 million guns without changing the 2nd amendment. And NOBODY is taking that on as a project.

Dealing with families in crisis is the only solution that makes sense and should get universal support.

Stop talking political rhetoric and milking the tears of children for political gain. Where is the imagination? Imagine solutions instead of propaganda!


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