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Well, I'm back again. I should give you fair warning regarding today's blog because I will be discussing Gun Control and Lance Armstrong.

Without trying to be politically bias, I would like to comment on  President Obama's new Gun Control Proposal.  Before I start, I must add that I have read the entire 15 page Proposal that was signed today.  With that being said here are my main issues with these proposals (which by the way do not have to be approved by Congress):

The President’s plan includes:

1. Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands;

Require Background Checks for All Gun Sales - sounds good.  I would venture to say that the majority of law abiding citizens would be more than happy to do this.  However, if I only include the Columbine and Sandy Hook shootings - how would that have helped?  In addition, guns and drugs are two very easy things to get illegally if you know the right people. I don't, but since most criminals have guns.....I rest my point.

2. Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and taking other common-sense steps to reduce gun violence;

The Assault Weapon Ban that was in effect from1994 to 2004, apparently this left loopholes for the manufacturers.  In addition, this proposal would only allow automatic/assault weapon magazines to contain 10 rounds.  Correct me if I am wrong, but most legal gun owners have more than 1 bullet, so the bad guys surely have more than 1 magazine. This second portion also includes "finish the job of getting armor piercing bullets off the streets".  I agree, but as usual most law abiding citizens don't have these. Another "common sense step" is to regulate importation of guns that are considered collectible or relics. But the portion that I about fell out of my chair was the part asking that gun violence have stricter punishment and to begin research on how the media, video games, and violence effect gun violenc.  You have got to be kidding me - haven't we already been through this.  We are a blaming society - the people that go out and commit crimes and/or shoot innocent chidren can now blame it on the music they listened to, the video games they played, and the television they listened to.  Our children grew up watching TV, listening to music (I didn't like), and played video games with fighting.  Last time I talked to them (yesterday), neither one had committed a violent act.

3. Making schools safer; (DUH)

As a retired teacher, I understand that this is very important.  I've been in a lock-down situation and realize there needs to be further training. I'm not sure that this proposal is what needs to happen. The President is asking for schools to have emergency management guideline- ummmm, already done.  I can only speak for the Missouri schools I have been in that this was done as far back as 1999. Along with my colleagues;  we attended many hours of professional development with police officers and had detailed instructions on what to do. I do agree with the plan to provide schools with more Counselors and Resource Officers. However, the government will only provide "incentives" if the school district does this.

4. Increasing access to mental health services.

The proposal Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) will require teachers and school personnel to be trained in identifying mental illness and report it; train mental health professional to help with students; and launch a national dialogue that include clergy and other professionals to understand mental illness.  Finally, this proposal will make sure that private insurance carriers are providing mental health coverage under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008  and to make sure that Medicaid provides mental health services "for all hard-working Americans".

Are you kidding me.... teachers are usually the first to identify a student with a mental illness or any other type of disability.  It is not the teachers who need more training - but the Bureaucrats who tie their hand when these children are identified. (This may be a topic for later!)  Next question is, if the MHP&AE Act  was mandated in 2008 - why isn't it being followed?  And lastly, my knowledge of Medicaid is that it is most usually provided for those Americans who DO NOT WORK.

All in all, it's a bunch of documentation that will be more detrimental to the law abiding citizen.  Criminals (like government) will find a way to get around the system and do what they've always done.  As for me and my house - we will keep our guns!

I hadn't planned on this being so long, so I'll only make one statement about Lance Armstrong - he's a doper who cheated his way to winning bicycle races. Do I feel sorry for him - NO!  If he had admitted it initially and not waited for almost a decade I might be able to give him some leeway (they guy did beat Testicular Cancer). But, if you are going to be a spokesman for Cancer, write books, and try to be a role model - you don't get a second chance with me.  Sorry Lance... ride your bike somewhere else.


Hopefully, I haven't offended anyone.  I did not skew the facts, I only reported them and then commented.  Have a wonderful afternoon and evening, where ever you are!




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