Guns In Daycare??? NONSENSE!!!

The headline on 21 March read:

Big Changes to Ohio’s Gun Laws Take Effect Today

Stoked, thinking … finally … some common sense has ensued to limit where guns are allowed.  But no … rather …

Anyone with a concealed carry license will be able to carry a gun in more places, including day cares

WHAT????

“When someone tells you, ‘Guns in day care. Well, why do you want that?'” said Sean Maloney, a pro-gun attorney for Buckeye Firearms Association. He says parents with concealed carry licenses face a quandary when it’s time to pick up and drop off their kids. “Think about how dangerous it is with us in the parking lot, arming and disarming ourselves, with people in the parking lot watching that happen — with kids, potentially, in the back seat of the car, and us leaving a firearm in there,” Maloney said. Maloney hopes day care operators and others will embrace Ohio’s changing gun laws, which create more places where legal firearms are allowed.

The horror of this leaves me nearly speechless!  But then comes this …

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live): Locked, loaded and signed. In August, North Dakotans will be able pack heat as long as they have a state ID for at least a year. It’s a new constitutional carry bill signed by Governor Doug Burgum who also already has a concealed carry license.

And then this …

More gun owners, fewer gun laws: Gun control legislation should be reduced within the United States, because the Second Amendment grants the right to bear arms, self-defense is a justifiable reason to own a firearm, and gun control does not deter criminals.

And then …

House Passes Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act: The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds the House of Representatives today for passing The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act (H.R. 1181), a bill that protects the due process rights of veterans, in a 240-175 vote.

The Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act, which is anything BUT protection for veterans!

Okay … I have made my point.  Gun phobia is alive and well in the U.S., and we are not getting any saner!

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Expect to see fewer of these

For those who will scream “2nd Amendment … 2nd Amendment” … here is exactly what the 2nd Amendment says:

“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Nothing more, nothing less.  Does anybody see a well-regulated militia around? Anybody belong to a well-regulated militia? What the 2nd Amendment does NOT say is that every man and woman in the nation has a right to carry a pistol into a church, bookstore, grocery market, or, God forbid, a day care facility! It does not state that every adult should be allowed or enabled to walk down the street with a handgun tucked into his or her belt.  And NOWHERE in the second amendment does it give anybody the right to USE those guns, only to own them.

There are so many real-life instances of innocent people killed by the use of guns in the hands of ordinary people that I cannot even begin to list them.  I am going out on a limb here, folks:

GUNS … DO … NOT … BELONG … IN … THE … HANDS … OF … CIVILIANS!  Not today, not tomorrow, not EVER!!!

Let us take a quick look at gun laws across the globe, shall we?

  • The guiding laws for firearms in Scotland are the Firearms (Scotland) Rules 1989 and the Firearms Act (1968). All handguns, semi-automatic and pump-action non-rim-fire rifles are prohibited.
  • To purchase a handgun or other restricted firearm, a person must have a restricted possession and acquisition license (RPAL) for restricted firearms. Canada’s federal laws severely restrict the ability of civilians to transport restricted or prohibited (grandfathered) firearms in public.
  • France: “No one shall possess a firearm or firearms or a sword or swords”, and very few exceptions are allowed. However, citizens are permitted to possess firearms for hunting and sport shooting, but only after submitting to a lengthy licensing procedure.
  • Dutch gun laws are actually quite strict. Gun ownership is seen not as a right, but a privilege, with hunting and target shooting the only two legitimate reasons for owning a gun. Self defence is not regarded as a valid argument for owning a gun, and only the police are allowed to carry a weapon.
  • Ireland: The Minister retains the authority in law to issue a Temporary Custody Order, which compels all firearms certificate holders to turn their firearms over to the Gardaí for a period of up to three months. Target shooting outside an authorized range in Ireland is a criminal offence.

Get the picture?  Most people in the U.S. seem to think that the 2nd Amendment grants them UNLIMITED rights to own, carry, and USE their steel toys, but is it any wonder that other nations, and even some more discerning citizens of the U.S. are astounded by the ever-increasing rights of gun ownership?

Enter the National Rifle Association, aka the NRA.  The NRA is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the U.S., and while they spend large sums of money to endorse certain political candidates, their real power lies in their ability to mobilize its 4 million members.  Think about that.  4 million members.  I commented to a friend recently that I believed some in the U.S. would give up their children before they would give up their guns.  And after I thought about that statement, which was initially made simply as an off-the-cuff remark, I realized that it is true.  Consider the case I wrote about earlier this week, about the shooting, as yet unexplained, of the 9-year-old boy.  Those parents had their 4 children taken away by Children’s Services earlier, but kept their guns.

America’s obsession with guns often leaves me speechless.  It is simply something I cannot understand.  The one thing I do know is that the statistics do not lie … In the United States, the death rate from gun homicides is about 31 per million people — the equivalent of 27 people shot dead every day of the year. Is the need to be armed for self-protection as great as the NRA and gun advocates would have us believe?  In a word, no.  In 65 years on this planet, I have never felt the need for a gun.  I have refused family members access to my home unless they leave their guns at home, and I have walked out of stores where I saw that a person had a gun on their person.  It is the American obsession, and it is certainly not something we can or should take pride in.

Below are links to three articles that look at some of those statistics:

40 thoughts on “Guns In Daycare??? NONSENSE!!!

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  2. A weird feeling assails me.
    I can grasp the convoluted logic behind this thinking. This comes from living outside of the USA and having developed an almost anthropological interest in some of the more extreme cultural differences.
    OK, so you have folk who have developed this warped fundamentalist view of the 2nd Amendment, and hold that close to their hearts as a symbol of independence. Then you have the other knee-jerk almost paranoiac distrust of government (except if it suits them), in which the gun is seen as the last line of defence against the abusive federal authorities. Add to the mindset that every decent citizen has to be ready to defend their home and family against (‘now I’m no racist but…’ they say) ‘Those’ people.
    And this is before you get around to the White Nationalists (an argument why cousins should never marry) and the Militias (someone tell they the British an’t fixin’ to invade no more).
    Then of course we have the good old ‘Anything to make a $’ folk who make so much out of selling guns and ammo and so forth.
    Finally you must consider, and spare a thought for this group of people, who might be in the majority of gun-owners (if they ever dared to come out)….’My God. With all those 2nd Amendment, Militia, White Supremacist, Fundamentalist Alt. Right crazies running about the place I got this handgun to protect me and mine, just in case’ (I think that would be me actually).
    So from an outsider’s perspective, that would seem to be the view. It all starts out when the USA was being birthed as a logical circumstance at the time and place and some how ended up going dysfunctional.
    Final Word: You could obtain the same level of protection with a baseball bat, a can of fly killer spray and a bag of small change.

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    • Roger … you have a unique ability to make me think seriously and laugh at the same time! Your analysis is spot-on and especially “My God. With all those 2nd Amendment, Militia, White Supremacist, Fundamentalist Alt. Right crazies running about the place I got this handgun to protect me and mine, just in case”. That is the one I hadn’t really given much thought to before. And that may be the most troubling, as it has the potential to be perpetual … eternal … sigh. There is, I think, one more group and that is the full-grown ‘little boys who just like their toys’. They are relatively harmless until …. they’ve been to the bar, had a few pitchers, and somebody says something, like ‘hello’, to them. I once knew of a person … daughter of a friend … who shot her step-father in a corn field. Said she thought it was a bird. Shot him 6 times. Got off on an insanity plea. And that is the other part of the problem. Too many people are getting off scot-free, or nearly so, because … well, that is probably too long a comment for the here and now … hmmmm … I sense a new post coming up soon … 😀

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      • Thank you again Jill.
        Yes ‘boys with their toys’, over here it’s cars. The UK TV programme ‘Top Gear’ says it all…
        Sometimes the gun question can throw up sorts of issues. I listened to a UK radio documentary a few years back about life in one of the Big Sky states. On segment centred on a single mom with two healthy young teenage sons, very little income coming in; in the winter she would go out with her legal rifle and legally shoot a deer as that was the one way she could ensure, literally meat on the table. For her the rifle was a means of survival. That was an eye-opener.
        Though why the need for assault rifles in civilian homes escapes me. Unless it’s a case of subliminal arms race (they got a hand gun, I have to have something better to protect me and mine… like you say perpetual)

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        • Yes, in the case of the woman trying to feed her family … well, maybe. But even so … most hunting in this country is done for sport only, and I am disgusted by these ‘sportsmen’ who kill a 4-5 deer a season, just so they can put a picture on Facebook showing what a “man” they are. But then, you know by now how I feel about animals … 🙂

          And assault rifles? The only two groups I see who need assault rifles are SWAT teams and the military. No civilian needs something that can kill 40 people in a minute! They cannot even claim that is for self-defense against a home intruder, unless they expect their home to be invaded by a pack of zombies! Sigh. Do you find that the older you get, the less tolerant you are of stupidity? I do. Sigh. But alas … if it weren’t for stupidity, whatever would I write about??? 😀

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          • Yes, the sportsmen…I would be slightly impressed if they dressed in loin clothes and with no more than a stick they had sharpened into a point they did the deed. Then sat round a fire eating roasted venison, but I guess that is not going to happen is it?
            Oh as for stupidity, I am concerned that there not enough medical research carried out on the condition of Terminal Stupidity- mostly because the condition results in the victim inadvertently taking innocents down with them.
            It’s on the increase again.😤

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            • Oh no … that would be a fair fight. They have their high-powered rifles with scopes, night-vision goggles, and then they cheat even more by shining a spotlight in the deer’s face, which causes them to stop in their tracks. And dogs … let us not forget the hounds.

              I agree, there is not near enough research on stupidity, but I think they gave it up when they figured out that there is no possibility of a cure!

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    • And as for the baseball bat, fly spray and bag of change … I agree! I have a 2-foot wooden rolling pin that I am sure would do the job, a rack of kitchen knives (and I just bought an electric knife-sharpener, so that are all nice and sharp!), and two fists! 🙂

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  3. Dear Jill,
    The NRA is responsible for more deaths per year than foreign terrorists attacks on US peoples in 3 decades. These are the folks that our legislators need to go after to keep us safer. But no, we have the Muslim/ travel ban.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  4. Okay, I must be dense, but I don’t understand Mr. Maloney having guns in the parking lot quote. My youngest granddaughter is in a private daycare a couple of days a week. If I’m reading this right, I’m frightened for her. More guns is not the answer to stop erratic behavior from individuals.

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