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16 and Counting (and missing)

By on May 21, 2018 in See It Here

We are, for the 16th time this year, asking the usual questions after a wacko shoots up a school: what needs to be done by lawmakers and is it time to fine-tune the 2nd Amendment?

In all the responses about banning assault rifles, increasing background checks, protecting the right to concealed carry, blah blah blah, there is one word missing:

Parents.

If a mother and father are “shocked” when they get that phone call about what their son has just done, they are right to ask why they didn’t see this coming? The fact is, a family is disconnected because of smart phones, video games and being”too busy” to actually talk to their children. If you don’t look, then you aren’t going to “see.”

Incoming National Rifle Association President Oliver North told “Fox News Sunday,” many gunmen are on Ritalin, a drug given to people with anxiety issues. In other words, “it ain’t my fault” as to what just happened at (fill in the blank) School.

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott almost used the word “parent” by saying if a kid takes a gun from gun owner without permission, the gun owner should be held responsible as well.

I hope that begins a conversation before shooting #17 occurs. And if “gun owners” are held responsible for access to guns, they should be responsible for access to Ritalin too.

Maybe being a “parent” should be more important than being a “gun owner.”

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