The Stupidest Idea Ever

I have heard some stupid ideas in my lifetime.  I have actually perpetrated some stupid ideas in my lifetime.  But never, in all my 66 years, have I heard an idea as stupid as the one being put forth by the current administration, along with a number of others, in response to the calls for better regulations on gun ownership and access.

Donald Trump has decided that the way to end school shootings is to make every teacher and coach carry a loaded gun.  Close your eyes for just a minute, dear friends, and imagine all the possibilities, not a one of them good.

The Armed American TeacherSince there is little likelihood that any teacher would consent to carrying a loaded pistola on their person at all times while in the classroom or on break, that loaded gun will sometimes be in the teacher’s desk drawer, open to any student who, either out of anger or just a lark, decides to get the gun and start shooting.  And then, there are the teachers themselves.  Did you read about Karen Smith, the teacher in Boulder, Colorado, who grabbed a boy by his collar and physically dragged him out of the classroom and down the hallway?  His crime?  He remained seated during the pledge of allegiance.  What if Ms. Smith had a gun in her pocket or waistband … was she angry enough that she might have used the gun instead of her hands as a weapon?

The president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, called arming teachers “one of the worst ideas I have heard in a series of really, really, really bad ideas.”

toon-arming teachersRepublican Representative from Alabama, Will Ainsworth, proposed a bill to arm teachers, saying, “Our students do not need to be sitting ducks. Our teachers do not need to be defending themselves with a No. 2 pencil.”  No, Mr. Ainsworth, they need to be assured that our government is properly seeing to their safety by regulating peoples’ access to guns!

A poll released this week by ABC News/Washington post says 42 percent of Americans believe teachers with guns could have prevented the Florida shooting.  If you ever wondered what percentage of the U.S. population is utterly mindless, now you know … 42%.  Strange, isn’t it, that that number is very close to the number of the aggregate polls of Trump’s approval rating.  Something to think about.

NRA more gunsThe NRA, of course, is salivating over this idea or arming teachers, for it would mean many more guns sold, more revenue for the gun manufacturers, and more money and perks for the NRA.

Trump met with survivors and others affected by last week’s shooting in Parkland Florida, and it was there that he proposed arming teachers.  The students were not impressed and remained angry, rightfully so, that Trump and the republicans in Congress absolutely refuse to consider the calls for stronger gun regulations …

“I turned 18 the day after. Woke up to the news that my best friend was gone. I don’t understand why I can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war, an AR. I was reading today that a person 20 years old walked into a store and bought an AR-15 in five minutes with an expired ID. How is it that easy to buy this type of weapon? How are we not stopping this after Columbine, after Sandy Hook, sitting with a mother that lost her son? It’s still happening.” – 18-year-old Sam Zeif, a Parkland student.


“We’re here because my daughter has no voice – she was murdered last week, shot nine times. How many schools, how many children have to get shot? It stops here, with this administration and me. It should have been one school shooting, and we should have fixed it, and I’m pissed because my daughter, I’m not going to see again.” – Andrew Pollack, father of 18-year-old Meadow, who was killed last week.


“It’s not personally something that I support. Rather than arming them with a firearm, I would rather arm them with the knowledge of how to prevent these acts from happening in the first place.” – Nicole Hockley, whose six-year-old son Dylan died at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Our elected leadership reminds me of a husband who is intently watching football on a Sunday afternoon when his wife is trying to tell him something of importance, such as that she is pregnant, or that the house is on fire, or their youngest child just ran away from home.  He is not listening, could care less what she is saying.  It is only once she finally pulls the plug on the television and smacks him upside the head that he may listen.  It is time for us to pull the plug on our elected leader’s distractions, and smack them upside the head with our votes in November.   Arming teachers is not the solution to the problem, but will only exacerbate the problem.  Taking guns  out of the hands of fools and idiots is the answer to the problem.

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Teaching Kids To Shoot Guns???

I was really not in the mood to write about this week’s horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and had no intention of doing so for this morning’s post.  But then I stumbled upon something that made me furrow my brow, scratch my head, and do a little digging.

The murderer/shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, had been enrolled in a school program supported by the NRA, that taught marksmanship skills.  Let me repeat that … there was actually a school-sponsored program, funded by the National Rifle Association, that taught children to shoot guns!  WHY????

child-gunThe school received a $10,000 grant from the NRA to teach children to shoot guns, and this, folks, is the result!  Is anybody besides me incensed, horrified and confused as heck by this?

Cruz was a member of the school’s marksmanship ‘team’.  From an article by ThinkProgress …

The marksmanship team was part of the schools’ JROTC program. On the team, Cruz trained with “air rifles special-made for target shooting, typically on indoor ranges at targets the size of a coin.”

Cruz discussed his AR-15 with other team members and was given the nickname “Wolf.” Another member of the team described him as “a very good shot.”

In 2015, the NRA Foundation gave $2.2 million in similar grants promoting gun use to schools around the country. This includes grants “to elementary and middle schools.”  We are teaching elementary school children to shoot guns???  Again I ask, WHY???

child-gun-4The United States already has the most insane lack of gun laws on earth, we have the least oversight on the sale of firearms of any other nation, and now we are putting them in the hands of children and teaching them to hit “targets the size of a coin”.  Wonder no more how Columbine and now Parkland happened.  The answer is right on this page.

The NRA Foundation’s website says it’s “investing in the next generation of America’s leaders” by devoting “a significant majority” of the group’s grants to “youth shooting sports.”  At this rate, America won’t need leaders, for there will be nobody left to lead!  The NRA has been actively commenting on the Parkland massacre on social media, arguing that the only way to prevent future tragedies is more guns.

child-gun-3Fifty-three percent (53%) of our elected representatives in Congress received donations from the NRA in the last election. Yes, the FBI dropped the ball on Cruz, as likely did school officials and certainly Cruz’ parents.  But the NRA and any who support it in any way, are responsible for funding programs that teach children to shoot guns.  This, my friends, is an abomination and the vast majority of people in this nation are complicit.

Below is a table of every member of Congress who received funding from the NRA in 2016.  I found it interesting that representative Steve Scalise, who was seriously injured when a gunman shot at members of Congress when they were playing softball last summer, is also a recipient of NRA funding.

Name (Party-State) Chamber Amount
Abraham, Ralph (R-LA) House $1,000
Aderholt, Robert B (R-AL) House $3,500
Allen, Richard W (R-GA) House $2,000
Amodei, Mark (R-NV) House $1,500
Angelle, Scott (R-LA) House $1,000
Arrington, Jodey (R-TX) House $1,000
Ayotte, Kelly (R-NH) Senate $5,950
Babeu, Paul (R-AZ) House $1,000
Babin, Brian (R-TX) House $2,000
Bacon, Donald John (R-NE) House $4,950
Banks, Jim (R-IN) House $1,000
Barletta, Lou (R-PA) House $1,000
Barr, Andy (R-KY) House $2,000
Barton, Joe (R-TX) House $2,000
Benishek, Dan (R-MI) House $1,000
Bergman, John (R-MI) House $4,950
Beutler, Jaime Herrera (R-WA) House $1,000
Biggs, Andy (R-AZ) House $1,000
Bilirakis, Gus (R-FL) House $2,000
Bishop, Mike (R-MI) House $2,000
Bishop, Rob (R-UT) House $4,000
Bishop, Sanford (D-GA) House $3,500
Black, Diane (R-TN) House $2,500
Blackburn, Marsha (R-TN) House $2,500
Blum, Rod (R-IA) House $7,450
Blunt, Roy (R-MO) Senate $11,900
Boehner, John (R-OH) House $4,950
Boozman, John (R-AR) Senate $5,950
Bost, Mike (R-IL) House $2,000
Boustany, Charles Jr (R-LA) House $4,950
Brady, Kevin (R-TX) House $2,000
Brat, Dave (R-VA) House $2,000
Bridenstine, James (R-OK) House $2,000
Brooks, Mo (R-AL) House $1,000
Brooks, Susan (R-IN) House $1,000
Bucshon, Larry (R-IN) House $1,000
Budd, Ted (R-NC) House $3,000
Burgess, Michael (R-TX) House $1,000
Burr, Richard (R-NC) Senate $9,900
Bush, Jeb (R) Pres $1,000
Byrne, Bradley (R-AL) House $2,000
Calvert, Ken (R-CA) House $4,500
Carter, Buddy (R-GA) House $2,000
Carter, Dan (R-CT) Senate $1,000
Carter, John (R-TX) House $2,500
Chabot, Paul (R-CA) House $3,500
Chabot, Steve (R-OH) House $2,000
Chaffetz, Jason (R-UT) House $2,000
Cheney, Liz (R-WY) House $1,000
Christie, Chris (R) Pres $1,500
Coffman, Mike (R-CO) House $9,900
Cole, Tom (R-OK) House $5,000
Collins, Chris (R-NY) House $2,000
Collins, Doug (R-GA) House $2,500
Comer, James (R-KY) House $4,950
Comstock, Barbara (R-VA) House $10,400
Conaway, Mike (R-TX) House $1,500
Cook, Paul (R-CA) House $3,000
Cramer, Kevin (R-ND) House $2,000
Crapo, Mike (R-ID) Senate $4,950
Crawford, Rick (R-AR) House $1,000
Crenshaw, Ander (R-FL) House $1,000
Cruz, Ted (R-TX) Senate $350
Cuellar, Henry (D-TX) House $3,000
Culberson, John (R-TX) House $5,950
Curbelo, Carlos (R-FL) House $2,500
Davidson, Warren (R-OH) House $1,000
Davis, Rodney (R-IL) House $2,500
Denham, Jeff (R-CA) House $2,000
Dent, Charlie (R-PA) House $4,000
DeSantis, Ron (R-FL) House $1,000
Desjarlais, Scott (R-TN) House $2,000
Diaz-Balart, Mario (R-FL) House $2,000
Duckworth, Tammy (D-IL) House $50
Duffy, Sean P (R-WI) House $2,000
Duncan, Jeff (R-SC) House $3,000
Dunn, Neal (R-FL) House $1,750
Ellmers, Renee (R-NC) House $2,000
Emmer, Tom (R-MN) House $2,000
Fareed, Justin (R-CA) House $2,500
Farenthold, Blake (R-TX) House $2,000
Faso, John (R-NY) House $5,950
Ferguson, Drew (R-GA) House $3,000
Fleischmann, Chuck (R-TN) House $2,000
Fleming, John (R-LA) House $1,000
Flores, Bill (R-TX) House $2,000
Forbes, Randy (R-VA) House $1,000
Fortenberry, Jeff (R-NE) House $1,000
Foxx, Virginia (R-NC) House $2,000
Franks, Trent (R-AZ) House $2,000
Gaetz, Matt (R-FL) House $1,000
Gallagher, Mike (R-WI) House $4,950
Garrett, Scott (R-NJ) House $5,950
Garrett, Tom (R-VA) House $1,000
Gibbs, Bob (R-OH) House $2,000
Glenn, Darryl (R-CO) Senate $1,000
Gohmert, Louis B Jr (R-TX) House $1,000
Goodlatte, Bob (R-VA) House $7,450
Gosar, Paul (R-AZ) House $2,000
Gowdy, Trey (R-SC) House $2,000
Granger, Kay (R-TX) House $2,500

 

Grassley, Chuck (R-IA) Senate $9,900
Graves, Sam (R-MO) House $2,000
Graves, Tom (R-GA) House $3,000
Griffith, Morgan (R-VA) House $2,000
Grothman, Glenn S (R-WI) House $2,000
Guinta, Frank (R-NH) House $9,900
Guthrie, Brett (R-KY) House $1,000
Hanna, Richard (R-NY) House $2,000
Hardy, Cresent (R-NV) House $9,900
Harper, Gregg (R-MS) House $2,000
Harris, Andy (R-MD) House $2,500
Hartzler, Vicky (R-MO) House $2,000
Heck, Joe (R-NV) House $8,900
Hensarling, Jeb (R-TX) House $2,000
Hice, Jody B (R-GA) House $2,000
Higgins, Clay (R-LA) House $2,500
Hill, French (R-AR) House $2,000
Hoeven, John (R-ND) Senate $8,450
Holbrook, Mark (R-ME) House $1,000
Holding, George (R-NC) House $2,000
Hollingsworth, Trey (R-IN) House $2,000
Hudson, Richard (R-NC) House $4,950
Huelskamp, Tim (R-KS) House $2,000
Huizenga, Bill (R-MI) House $2,000
Hultgren, Randy (R-IL) House $2,000
Hunter, Duncan D (R-CA) House $3,000
Hurd, Will (R-TX) House $9,900
Hurt, Robert (R-VA) House $1,000
Isakson, Johnny (R-GA) Senate $8,450
Issa, Darrell (R-CA) House $2,000
Jenkins, Evan (R-WV) House $3,000
Jenkins, Lynn (R-KS) House $2,000
Jindal, Bobby (R) Pres $1,000
Johnson, Bill (R-OH) House $2,000
Johnson, Mike (R-LA) House $1,000
Johnson, Ron (R-WI) Senate $7,450
Johnson, Sam (R-TX) House $2,500
Jones, Scott (R-CA) House $2,500
Jones, Walter B Jr (R-NC) House $1,000
Jordan, Jim (R-OH) House $2,000
Joyce, David P (R-OH) House $3,500
Katko, John (R-NY) House $9,900
Kelly, Mike (R-PA) House $1,500
Kelly, Trent (R-MS) House $2,000
Kennedy, John (R-LA) Senate $4,950
King, Steven A (R-IA) House $2,000
Kinzinger, Adam (R-IL) House $2,000
Knight, Steve (R-CA) House $3,000
Kustoff, David (R-TN) House $2,000
Labrador, Raul (R-ID) House $1,000
LaHood, Darin (R-IL) House $3,000
LaMalfa, Doug (R-CA) House $2,000
Lamborn, Douglas L (R-CO) House $2,000
Lankford, James (R-OK) Senate $5,000
Latta, Robert E (R-OH) House $3,000
Lee, Mike (R-UT) Senate $2,500
Lewis, Jason (R-MN) House $3,500
LoBiondo, Frank (R-NJ) House $1,000
Long, Billy (R-MO) House $2,000
Loudermilk, Barry (R-GA) House $4,000
Love, Mia (R-UT) House $3,000
Lucas, Frank D (R-OK) House $2,000
Luetkemeyer, Blaine (R-MO) House $2,000
Marchant, Kenny (R-TX) House $1,000
Marino, Tom (R-PA) House $2,000
Marshall, Roger (R-KS) House $1,000
Mast, Brian (R-FL) House $4,950
McCain, John (R-AZ) Senate $300
McCarthy, Kevin (R-CA) House $1,000
McCaul, Michael (R-TX) House $3,500
McClintock, Tom (R-CA) House $2,000
McHenry, Patrick (R-NC) House $4,000
McKinley, David (R-WV) House $1,000
McSally, Martha (R-AZ) House $6,500
Meadows, Mark R (R-NC) House $1,150
Messer, Luke (R-IN) House $2,000
Mica, John L (R-FL) House $4,000
Miller, Jeff (R-FL) House $2,500
Mills, Stewart (R-MN) House $9,900
Mitchell, Paul (R-MI) House $1,000
Moolenaar, John (R-MI) House $2,000
Mooney, Alex (R-WV) House $2,000
Moran, Jerry (R-KS) Senate $2,450
Mullin, Markwayne (R-OK) House $4,950
Mulvaney, Mick (R-SC) House $2,000
Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK) Senate $4,500
Murphy, Tim (R-PA) House $2,000
Narvaiz, Susan (R-TX) House $250
Newhouse, Dan (R-WA) House $3,000
Noem, Kristi (R-SD) House $2,000
Nunes, Devin (R-CA) House $3,500
Olson, Pete (R-TX) House $3,500
Palazzo, Steven (R-MS) House $1,750
Palmer, Gary (R-AL) House $2,000
Paul, Rand (R-KY) Senate $9,900
Paulsen, Erik (R-MN) House $3,000
Pearce, Steve (R-NM) House $2,000
Perry, Scott (R-PA) House $2,000
Peterson, Collin (D-MN) House $2,000
Pittenger, Robert (R-NC) House $2,000
Poe, Ted (R-TX) House $2,000
Poliquin, Bruce (R-ME) House $9,900
Pompeo, Mike (R-KS) House $2,000
Portman, Rob (R-OH) Senate $9,900
Posey, Bill (R-FL) House $2,000
Price, Tom (R-GA) House $2,000
Ratcliffe, John Lee (R-TX) House $2,500
Reed, Tom (R-NY) House $3,000
Reichert, Dave (R-WA) House $1,000
Renacci, Jim (R-OH) House $2,000
Rice, Tom (R-SC) House $2,000
Roby, Martha (R-AL) House $2,000
Rodgers, Cathy McMorris (R-WA) House $2,500
Rogers, Hal (R-KY) House $2,000
Rogers, Mike D (R-AL) House $2,000
Rohrabacher, Dana (R-CA) House $1,000
Rokita, Todd (R-IN) House $2,000
Rooney, Francis (R-FL) House $1,000
Rooney, Tom (R-FL) House $1,000
Roskam, Peter (R-IL) House $2,000
Ross, Dennis (R-FL) House $2,000
Rothfus, Keith J (R-PA) House $2,000
Rouzer, David (R-NC) House $2,000
Royce, Ed (R-CA) House $2,500
Rubio, Marco (R-FL) Senate $9,900
Russell, Steven (R-OK) House $2,000
Rutherford, John (R-FL) House $1,000
Ryan, Paul (R-WI) House $5,950
Sanford, Mark (R-SC) House $2,000
Scalise, Steve (R-LA) House $4,950
Schweikert, David (R-AZ) House $1,000
Scott, Austin (R-GA) House $2,000
Scott, Tim (R-SC) Senate $4,500
Sensenbrenner, F James Jr (R-WI) House $1,000
Sessions, Pete (R-TX) House $2,500
Shelby, Richard C (R-AL) Senate $4,950
Shimkus, John M (R-IL) House $2,500
Shuster, Bill (R-PA) House $5,950
Simpson, Mike (R-ID) House $2,000
Smith, Adrian (R-NE) House $2,500
Smith, Jason (R-MO) House $2,000
Smith, Lamar (R-TX) House $4,950
Smucker, Lloyd (R-PA) House $5,950
Stefanik, Elise (R-NY) House $2,000
Stewart, Chris (R-UT) House $3,000
Stivers, Steve (R-OH) House $2,000
Szeliga, Kathy (R-MD) Senate $2,000
Tacherra, Johnny (R-CA) House $2,500
Tarkanian, Danny (R-NV) House $4,950
Taylor, Scott W (R-VA) House $3,500
Tenney, Claudia (R-NY) House $5,950
Thompson, Glenn (R-PA) House $2,000
Thornberry, Mac (R-TX) House $2,000
Thune, John (R-SD) Senate $5,000
Tiberi, Pat (R-OH) House $3,000
Tipton, Scott (R-CO) House $3,500
Trott, Dave (R-MI) House $2,000
Trump, Donald (R) Pres $1,065
Turner, Michael R (R-OH) House $2,000
Upton, Fred (R-MI) House $1,000
Valadao, David (R-CA) House $3,500
Vitter, David (R-LA) Senate $4,950
Wagner, Ann L (R-MO) House $2,000
Walberg, Tim (R-MI) House $4,000
Walden, Greg (R-OR) House $2,000
Walker, Mark (R-NC) House $2,000
Walker, Scott (R) Pres $1,750
Walorski, Jackie (R-IN) House $2,000
Walters, Mimi (R-CA) House $2,000
Walz, Tim (D-MN) House $2,000
Ward, Kelli (R-AZ) Senate $500
Weber, Randy (R-TX) House $1,000
Webster, Daniel (R-FL) House $1,000
Wenstrup, Brad (R-OH) House $2,000
Westerman, Bruce (R-AR) House $1,000
Williams, Roger (R-TX) House $2,500
Wilson, Joe (R-SC) House $2,000
Wittman, Rob (R-VA) House $2,000
Womack, Steve (R-AR) House $1,500
Yoder, Kevin (R-KS) House $4,000
Yoho, Ted (R-FL) House $1,000
Young, David (R-IA) House $4,950
Young, Don (R-AK) House $6,950
Young, Todd (R-IN) House $5,950
Zeldin, Lee (R-NY) House $9,900
Zinke, Ryan K (R-MT) House $4,000

**Note that there are 5 House democrats on this list … the other 283 are republicans.

Guns do not belong in schools.  Period.  Children should not shoot guns.  Period.

On a related note, I also read yesterday that Trump’s budget proposal cuts $25 million from programs to improve school safety, climate, and responding to violence.  I bet the NRA’s budget, however, has several million to teach children to shoot guns.  Think about it.