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So, I know a lot of people.  Some of them love them some big guns, some faint dead away at the sight of a plastic ray-gun.  Some believe that the hallowed second amendment guarantees the right of private citizens to own air craft carriers and tactical nukes; others want to tiresomely harp on that dratted "well-regulated militia" clause.

Some of them see absolutely nothing wrong -- see it as a solution so obvious that no one could possibly disagree -- with mounting armed guards in elementary schools.

One of those folks recently said this, within my hearing:  It has baffled me for years that folks must send those who are most precious to them - children and grandchildren - to locations that have been identified in advance as easy targets without proper protective details.

So, I have a question, below the squiggly thing.

As previously established, I'm an old lady.  How old? you ask.  I entered first grade in 1957.  This was, I'll note, back in the age when parents told their kids to ask an(y random) adult for help if they (the kid) was lost or in trouble away from home.  

I attended a Catholic School in my first years. With the exception of rulers and the big wooden crosses worn on their belts, the good sisters were not armed.  As students, were were required to do the stupid nuclear attack drill where you tucked up under your desk and pretended that it would stand between you and a nuclear explosion; and we did fire drills. But we didn't do "crazed gunperson with high-power weaponry randomly shooting students and teachers" drills -- by which I deduce that this was not a danger that was on the school's radar.

In fact, I made it all the way through elementary (private, then public) school, junior high school, and high school without ever doing a "crazed gunperson" drill or hearing any adult express concern about our peculiar vulnerability to such dangers.

So my question is, out of true ignorance, because I have no children, or grandchildren -- when did it become the natural order, that of course crazed gunpeople are going to target schools, and the children in the schools?

And, bonus question -- when did the simple wish that I/you/us could go to the movies, the mall, school without fear of getting shot become unAmerican?

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, isabelle hayes

    “A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”~Thomas Mann

    by Rolanni on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 12:44:35 PM PST

  •  all kinds of things we're supposed to believe in (0+ / 0-)

    now, especially post 9-11

    most of us aren't going mad the way we're s'posed to, e.g.

    i often go to schools to meet my clients (children whose parents are family court contestants/neglecters/abusers of their children/ and rarely, children accused of being juvenile delinquents (JDs) or children who are acting out such that they fit the definition of  "persons in need of supervision" ( PINS)

    the schools' "front" doors are locked, and all other doors can't be opened from the outside; you have ring to to be seen by a person inside, then the door is unlocked and you let in; you have to prove your right to be there; then  a photo is taken of you and put on a tag to stick on your clothes;

    all of this has been the case for years, and as far as i can see, nothing has changed since Sandy Hook

    especially, i haven't noticed (more) paranoia among the school staff, and certainly not the kids

    which, to my way of thinking, is good

    children have enough problems...

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