Like most parents with children in school, I worry about what they are learning and doing all day. I also worry about their safety. Violence and crime in schools is on the rise and I’ve written about the troubling fight incidents going on in my own school district.
Like other parents, I also worry about the idea of a shooter coming into my kid’s school. Schools are the ultimate soft target. They are largely unguarded, especially elementary schools and middle schools.
Our school system holds drills to prepare kids in case this happens. Here in Wake county, they call them “Code Red” drills.
The kid learn to hide in the room or make the room look empty. It’s something I’ve dealt with and discussed at length with my oldest child since they were just 5 years old and in Kindergarten. This is the reality of the world that we live in right now.
Instead of teaching my child to fear guns or the weapon du jour as dictated by politically motivated organizations and the media, I’ve taught them that not all people are good. Some people do very, very bad things. I’ve taught them to keep their composure and use their heads. I’ve taught them that inanimate objects are not to blame. In other words, I’ve taught them about reality not rhetoric.
There are groups out there right now trying to make them even softer targets by demanding the removal of School Resource Officers. These groups are protesting what they call the “school to prison pipeline” as a means to achieve that goal. Keep this in mind as you read on.
I’ve recently received some messages from friends linking to websites like Everytown and MomsDemand. For those who don’t know these are groups who oppose gun violence, but more to the point oppose guns in general . Both Everytown and MomsDemand purposefully lie on a regular basis. I love my friends dearly, but the rhetoric coming out of the links as it relates to ‘active shooters’ and gun control needs addressing.
First, let me be clear: there is no such thing as a deranged firearm or any deranged weapon for that matter.
Second, these organizations are part and parcel of a larger agenda to weaken and remove Second Amendment rights. They use incidents like Newtown to stoke fear and further their cause. They are well-funded and focus on the firearm, rather than the true problem: the shooter.
Rhetoric with a side of Orwell
There is little question that many of these mass shooters have been tagged as ‘mentally ill’. Something does need to be done here, but what the President is doing isn’t it. If anything, this will increase the number of people who won’t seek help and increase the stigmatism of mental illness that he claims to want to reduce.
Here is how this ‘mentally ill’ theme plays a role in President Obama’s new executive action on guns and how, if kept in place, it will ensure millions of Americans will be targeted.
Tonight is President Obama’s town hall on guns. This town hall follows his announcement of an executive action on background checks, which has two troubling pieces to it. Once again, the President has turned his sights on law biding citizens and has ignored that criminals, mentally ill or not, do not follow laws… but I digress.
One is that it claims to be closing a ‘loophole’ that doesn’t exist. The action aims to eliminate certain gun sales by turning private citizens into gun sellers through the use of extended background checks.
The other troubling part is the background check itself. It includes allowing doctors to report the names of mentally ill patients to a FBI firearms background check system. To bolster that, Obama is including a large chunk of money for supporting ‘mental health’ programs.
Part of the rule says this:
“The disclosure is restricted to limited demographic and certain other information needed for NICS purposes. The rule specifically prohibits the disclosure of diagnostic or clinical information, from medical records or other sources, and any mental health information beyond the indication that the individual is subject to the Federal mental health prohibitor.”
That wording is very, very broad.
Who decides what is a ‘mental health prohibitor’? What does that term include? If you sought help for depression following the death of a loved one, is that a ‘mental health prohibitor’? How about a soldier returning from combat who is dealing with depression or PTSD?
Reality with a side of Orwell
Let’s apply this broad collection of mental health information in background checks and the question of ‘who decides’ to our kids. I’m sure some people will think I’ve got a tin foil hat on, but when you’ve seen the back end of these databases like I have, I can assure them that I’m not crazy.
Schools over the last 5 years have really ramped up collection of data on your child starting from the moment they walk through the school house door. This data is largely emotional, social and psychological.
In some cases, the data collection begins before they even walk through the door. For examples, see the invasive health assessment form which is helping to ‘track the fat kids‘, the Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) and read this article on SETRA. (More on SETRA here)
Every state that took Common Core and Race To The Top Money was REQUIRED to build a massive Statewide Longitudinal Database System (SLDS). This SLDS feeds the P-20W database, which connects with multiple state and federal entities and shares information with third parties as well, including state departments of health and human services.
So, for an example, now consider YOUR child is now out of school and living their life. They want to buy a firearm, but they were tagged in 2nd grade by a combination of state and federal education data databases as having ADHD or perhaps were tagged under the big umbrella of having “behavioral” issues.
Will that tag from 2nd grade bar them from exercising their Second Amendment rights under this executive action? YOU BETCHA.
By the way, killing someone doesn’t mean the killer is mentally ill. Murderers are usually just evil, not crazy Calling them automatically mentally ill excuses them.
Having survived THREE home invasions when my children were small and meeting each of the intruders with a loaded gun, I can assure you I will never be without one. Fortunately, I didn’t have to fire. Each of the Bad Guys had an attack of good sense and ran. The more people who shoot and own guns, the less crime. Stats bear this out.