Patrice over at Rural Revolution had a great blog post today. It's discussing a proposed bill by a Missouri senator regarding reporting to a child's school if you have in guns your home.
"Now comes word of a Missouri lawmaker who wants any parent who owns guns to notify their child's school. "
Now I know I have not expressed on this blog my feelings regarding guns or politics or anything like that. But if you take a look at what I read and who those blogs I belong to, you'll notice that there is a common theme.
I believe, based on the second Amendment, that it is my right to purchase whatever firearm or however many firearms that I want. Now JW is of course the big gun purchaser, I am not. I will confess that I do not know all the makes, models, or caliber's. That is JW's department. Yes that does seem kind of like a cop out, but it wasn't until the last several years that I have really become interested in them.
In my previous life as a single parent I was just a sheeple. I was one of those people that went along with whatever was told to me, occasionally bucking the system, but going along for the most part.
And then one day I woke up and I realized I was tired of being told what to do and following blindly. I had a mind of my own. I wanted to be able to make my own decisions on what I wanted to do, what I wanted to own, what I wanted for my children and how I wanted to raise them. Not what was trendy or popular, but what I thought was best. And I did just that.
Which brings me to today.
I don't think that I ever would have imagined a world where I would need to report to my child's school how many firearms we had in our home.
That is something to me that seems like it would be from another country.
But there is someone out there that is actually proposing this here, in the United States, where we live.
And that saddens and angers me at the same time. I am realistic about how the government is run, and how the liberal namby pambys in office are dragging us down into a welfare state, but maybe I'm still naive. I never thought we would be at this point.
At no point in time have I ever imagined that I would ever have to explain to my children's school what I did in my own private home, and what I may or may not own. That is of no concern to a child's school.
I can understand if a kid brings a gun to school, or is telling everyone about the guns that they have. But I think that most of us would agree that most children who are taught properly about guns don't do that. My kids didn't. And many people I know that have guns at home don't have that problem with their children either.
I know that what happened in Newtown was a horrific tragedy. But that boy was not school aged.
And this bill would not have helped. Most violence in school's today are not gun related.
As for helping to prevent violence in school, how would this bill realistically help?
Seriously. If there is a kid at school with a gun wandering the hallways, what are you going to do with the information of all of the parents that have guns at home? Call them up and ask if you can borrow their gun to protect the students??
Maybe it's time for the schools and senators to stop worrying about what's going on in my home.