Missouri Parents – Your Child’s Teacher Could Be Carrying A Gun and You Won’t Know

Dear Missouri Parents,

It’s the end of a school year.  If you are anything like me, it’s been an exhausting year of keeping up with your child and all of the things that go along with elementary school – homework, after school activities, friends, lice outbreaks, the occasional illness.  Next year you may have one more thing to add to the list – not knowing if your child’s teacher is armed.  That’s right, because last week the Missouri Senate passed SB 656 that would allow for certain teachers to become School Protection Officers.  School Protection Officers would be allowed to carry armed weapons into your child’s classrooms.  Here’s the kicker – you won’t be informed if your teacher is carrying a weapon.

Let that little chicken nugget sink in for a moment.  If your child’s school is anything like my child’s school, I am notified about EVERYTHING.  I receive an email or text message almost daily about carnivals, skate parties, art projects, lice outbreaks, strep throat, disciplinary issues, stranger danger, healthy food suggestions, music recitals, the veggie of the week, teacher appreciation weeks, Valentine’s Day, Christmas recitals, early dismissals and the list goes on and on and on.  Interestingly absent from this list would be if Mrs. Baker would be packing heat – the one thing that some would argue could keep little Suzie safe and I would argue could kill her.

The biggest champion of this bill is Representative Rick Brattin. You might remember this guy – he was the one who wanted parents to be able to opt-in to teaching evolution in schools.  I’m a little lost on his logic.  He wants parents to be able to opt-in when it comes to science, but doesn’t want to give parents the same courtesy when it comes to knowing when there is a loaded weapon in our child’s classroom.  He believes the “element of surprise” is essential when stopping an armed intruder.

“Nobody wants to do this. I don’t want to even think about having to put teachers into school with firearms but it’s a reality of the world today,” said Rep. Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville, who has pushed for the creation of school protection officers.

Rep. Brattin – no we actually don’t have to do this.  It’s isn’t the reality of the world we live in today.  Let’s run some number shall we?

In 2011, according to the Department of Education there were 98,817 public schools in the United States.  Since Sandy Hook, there have been 44 school shootings in the United States.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/02/13/at-least-44-school-shootings-since-newtown-new-analysis/

So if I do the math  – that is .04% of all public schools have experienced a school shooting.

Ok, so now that I proved that the numbers don’t add up, we really don’t really have to do this.  It’s weird to me how politicians could have taken this simple step to prove the same point BEFORE passing this bill.  This took me all of 5 minutes and I’m just an average mom with a blog.

Now I googled fire arm accidents.  I went to a neutral source and avoided sources like the Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence and the NRA for statistics.  I found this one from ask.com: The approximate number of gun accidents that happen per year is 100,000. One American dies every fifteen minutes due to misuse of firearms. The most common causes of gun accidents are unsecure firearms and hunting accidents.

So based on these statistics, adding a loaded firearms to our Missouri schools would increase the likelihood that our children may (God forbid) be a victim of an accident to ward off the extremely low to almost non-existent threat of an armed intruder entering our schools.

Based on this, I ask that you call the Governor’s office and ask him to veto this bill.  This isn’t a “gun rights” issue.  If a school district feels the need to increase security then do so with the knowledge of the parents.  If a school district really feels at risk, add armed security guards at the school.  Don’t put teachers in the position of carrying firearms around our children.  As parents, we have a right to know whenever a loaded weapon is added to our children’s school.

Here is Governor Nixon’s contact information.  Please spread the word.  Contact the Governor and tell him Missouri parents won’t stand for this bill. Contact your Representatives and Senators and tell them this bill isn’t necessary.  Speak up and make your voices heard.

Office of Governor Jay Nixon
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3222

Thank you,





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Guns and Ammo Magazine and I have something in common.

The editor of Guns and Ammo and I have something in common.

Trust me..it shocked the hell out of me.

Dick Metcalf, editor of Guns and Ammo, or should I now say FORMER, editor of Guns and Ammo, wrote an article about gun control. Now, Mr. Metcalf is out of a job.  What did he write that was so outrageous?

  • He must have written that the government should confiscate all of the semi-automatic guns that have been so popular in all of these recent mass shootings.
  • He must have written that the government must outlaw the manufacturing and importing of all semi-automatic weapons in the United States.
  • He must have written that anyone with a child under the age of 18 years old is no longer able to keep a loaded gun in their homes.

I read his article.  He didn’t write any of these things.  In fact he simply asked the question- can the 2nd amendment be regulated and when does regulation become an infringement?   You can read his article here.  

“I firmly believe that all U.S. citizens have a right to keep and bear arms, but I do not believe that they have a right to use them irresponsibly. And I do believe their fellow citizens, by the specific language of the Second Amendment, have an equal right to enact regulatory laws requiring them to undergo adequate training and preparation for the responsibility bearing arms.” Dick Metcalf

The response by Guns and Ammo was swift.  Mr. Metcalf lost his job over this radical stance and Guns and Ammo put out this apology to their readers who demanded an action and began boycotting the magazine.

From the apology:

“Our commitment to the Second Amendment is unwavering. It has been so since the beginning. Historically, our tradition in supporting the Second Amendment has been unflinching. No strings attached.”

Read more: http://www.gunsandammo.com/2013/11/06/response-december-2013-backpage-column/#ixzz2k4nKEJjo

This all or nothing attitude on both sides of the gun control debate can’t continue.  Mr. Metcalf’s arguments were logical and mild compare to the ones I posed at the beginning of my blog.  Where are we as a nation when we can’t even pose the question without boycotts and firings? Is it possible to be pro-2nd amendment and still be for regulation?  Will tactics like the firing of Mr. Metcalf force like-minded people into the shadows causing this argument to become even more polarizing?

How many more innocent people are going to have to die while we hide our heads under the security blanket that is the 2nd amendment and pretend like these things aren’t happening?

The good thing to come out of all of this is I now have a new hero and in the most unlikely of places – the former editor of a Guns and Ammo magazine.

For what it’s worth – well done Mr. Metcalf.

*When I went to the Guns and Ammo facebook page, I got the message Failure to Load.  I just thought that was funny.  Get it guns and failure to load.. he he he


I received this comment and I wanted to share it.  I know you can probably read it in the comment section, but I thought it was so good that I wanted to put it in the actual post.  I love comments like this that contribute to healthy dialog.  Enjoy – Aimee

“This all or nothing attitude on both sides of the gun control debate can’t continue.”

Whether it can continue, or how long it will continue I don’t know, but you have identified a huge issue.

I don’t think a lot of gun owners would oppose some laws if they had one iota of trust that the other side did not have an agenda to basically take all their guns. But for most of my lifetime the other side, for convenience let’s call them the anti-gun side, have demonstrated repeatedly that is their agenda.

They will say, “We only want reasonable laws,” but then what they think is reasonable seems totally unreasonable to a lot of folks, for example, largely banning semi-auto firearms and magazines with any capacity much greater than a muzzleloader (slight sarcasm here).

So maybe the anti-gun side needs to compromise? Maybe they need to get behind passing laws that absolutely 100% guarantee a right for a law abiding, non-dangerously-crazy person to own certain types of guns (maybe what is legal today). Make it iron clad and make every regulation respect that right then you might get some cooperation.

That is in part why I wrote a while back an article on how universal background checks could be done, and maybe even get a lot of support of gun owners.

Universal Background Checks

If you want the cooperation of many gunowners then the anti-gun folks have to totally give up the idea of banning a lot of guns and accept that people are going to own AR-15s with 30 round magazines and Glocks with 15+ round magazines. Then if you want cooperation of background checks and even things like training, etc., you might have a chance of having a dialogue.

But if the antis won’t accept some of that they will get 0% cooperation.



Breaking: I found my true love Police Chief Kessler

Confession time – I’ve got a crush!  For those of you who don’t know, I’m single and looking for love.  Looks like I’ve found my match made in heaven!

(Praying) Please let him be single…

Who is my love interest you ask?  None other than Police Chief Kessler of Gilberton, PA.  All the qualities I’ve been looking for can be found right here in these three YouTube videos.

First, he is a man in uniform and I go weak in the knees for a man in uniform.  Second, he has an amazing ability to use the f-bomb almost nonstop in making his points.  Just when you thought he couldn’t use it anymore, he manages to surprise you and come back to use it again and again and again…Third his ability to apologize when he knows he was in the wrong.  No wait…my darling Police Chief is NEVER wrong.

Watch how sweetly he suggests that everyone needs to “grow some balls”.  It’s like music to my ears.   I love when he calls people who don’t agree with him “libtards”.  I think that must be police code for “my friend”.  Well my libtards keep reading, because there is so much more he offers us ladies out there.

I just can’t decide what I love more..his lack of respect for our politicians or his lack of respect for women.  I’m luck enough to get a combo of both in his instructional video where he shoots round after round at “Nancy Pelosi off her meds”.  Remember, he instructs all of us over and over again, to shoot two in the body and then two to her face.

Wait a second while I get my six-year-old and show her these video and why we always need to respect police.  He is a fine example of what I want our children to know about our police.  The respect he has for the law and for lawmakers just makes my heart sing!

Hopefully he will read this and we can start our lives together.  Until then I need to go and just dream about him.

Yours in love and libtardiness,





Grab Your Gun – It’s a Picnic in Johnson County, KS!

It’s Sunday and that can only mean one thing in Kansas…

If you said a gun celebration picnic you would be correct!

Nothing…I repeat…NOTHING says macaroni salad good times like a gun celebration picnic.

Luckily I found one right here in my own backyard.  Here’s the 411 on the picnic:

Sunday, July 21, 2013 in Johnson County, KS at 3:00 there is a community picnic sponsored by the Johnson County Open Carry Group.  According to their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/JohnsonCountyOpenCarry?ref=br_tf

Johnson County Open Carry
We have been successful in restoring some of our lost rights in Lenexa. It is now legal to openly carry loaded guns in a holster in most public places in Lenexa. There are some restrictions that you should be aware of but this was a good start on a long hard battle to restore all of our freedoms.

Now, the hard part is trying to decide which holster to wear.  So many choices so little time.  How about this little gem with the Book of Psalm on it?  It’s between this one and the other one I have with the commandment Thou Shalt Not Murder.


It’s a family picnic and nothing says childhood good times like my daughter bringing her rifle. Maybe when she is done with the slides and swings she can shoot a few rounds.

Aww..snap!  A person on the Facebook page asked if it was ok to bring rifles or just side arms.  Only side arms at this family friendly event.  Looks like little Susie will have to leave her rifle home this time.  One can only hope that one day it will be ok for little Susie to pack heat of her own so she doesn’t feel so left out.

With it being 90 degrees about 110% humidity, tempers may flare if there isn’t enough potato salad for all the guests.  Just in case, there organizer put out this warning:

We need to promote ourselves as rational, law-abiding citizens who are merely expressing their 2nd Amendment rights in accordance with Kansas (and now LENEXA) law. I have no doubt that everyone will be on their best behavior but it’s worth a mention.

Grab the sunblock and the pork rinds, but be sure to bring enough for EVERYONE!  How many is everyone?  No one is exactly sure since this is the first event of its kind in Johnson County.  We can only hope there will be MANY more because nothing says good times like public parks, kids and guns.

Now excuse me while I see how my jello mold is doing.  I need to add the marshmallows and grab my gun.  It’s picnic time!

Pictures courtesy of Gungoddess and PinkPistolHolsters


Top 5 reasons I could use some of Obama’s “hope” right now.

I think it’s a tad of an understatement that Obama is having a pretty crappy week.  The problem is that these scandals are going to do some damage and it isn’t just contained to the Obama presidency.  I can hear the headlines for the next campaign -

“Democrats targeted Conservatives! Make sure your (insert issue – taxes, guns, soldiers) are safe. Vote Republican!”

The one thing I always counted on was, provided enough rope, the Conservatives always managed to hang themselves.  Turns out Democrats are the one using the rope on ourselves.

The top 5 scandals that have me going…seriously?  Where is the hope Obama?

5.  IRS targeting Tea Party groups.  This is going to get B-A-D.  The worst part is I see liberal groups responding, “they did it during the Reagan administration.” Sorry guys that was 30 years ago.  That response is also BS.  It’s WRONG no matter how much I can’t stand the Tea Party!

4.  Department of Justice seizes journalists’ records.  Even I know that journalists and the Obama administration have never had a love fest.  Looks like things got even colder in this love fest.  How about turning that temp frigid.

3.  The gun control debate that never really was.  All that talk about Sandy Hook never really amounted to anything.  All of your supporters were hyped up for real change and all we got was a lot of talk.  Forget about any real hope.

2.  CIA caught in Russia for spying.  The cold war erupts again in Russia.  Might want to ask yourself WWRD?  (What would Reagan do)

1.  Finally Benghazi – the scandal that never was that won’t go away.

Please President Obama show this loyal Democrat some hope and if possible some change.  Start with yourself and your administration.  Don’t blow it for all future Democrats.  Our next campaign cycle depends on it.


Pink rifles are for little girls…

girlwithgunAnother day, another shooting.

Details: 5-year-old boy shootings and kills 2-year-old sister in Kentucky.

As I was reading the horrible details of this “accident” something caught my attention.  This wasn’t some usual story about a gun left lying around by a parent or a parent cleaning the firearm and it going off.  Oh no…this story is unusual because the owner of the gun was the 5-year-old boy.

Let that one sink in for a minute.

The 5-year-old boy received the Crickett rifle as a gift.

The little boy OWNED the gun.

I’m still trying to figure out what makes me want to lose all hope in humanity more…that this kid received a rifle as a gift or that they make rifles for children.  We are talking about real rifles here people, not the rifles that shoot air bullets or BBs, but real rifles that kill animals or in this case sisters.

I went to the website to check it out.  Crickett Firearms makes these little gems.  They come in camo color for the boys and hot pink for the little girls.  See the above picture.  That is a little girl holding her rifle that can shoot REAL bullets.

See the gallery of these sweet children holding their rifles.  

Retailers like Walmart and Cabela’s sell these rifles for designed for children.  I researched the age limit for owning a rifle in America.  What I found was that it is LEGAL for children to own rifles if they are gifted to them.  That means children like this little 5-year-old who still believes that Santa comes down the chimney can receive a rifle capable of killing his sister and it’s perfectly legal.  Merry Freakin’ Christmas!

I just can’t wrap my head around this.  I think it’s one thing to go out hunting with dad and hold dad’s gun.   It’s another thing to have a little child own their own gun with bullets.  To me it’s the difference between letting little Johnny hold the steering wheel while you drive the car and letting little Johnny have the keys and take the car for a spin.

Having a six-year-old daughter, I can’ tell you she still believes in the tooth fairy, she still pretends her baby dolls are real and she sure as hell wouldn’t understand that if she shoots a gun that death is permanent.

To the parents of this 5-year-old who shot his sister – I say they should be arrested on murder charges.  There was no accident here, it was just a matter of time.

Direct from the testimonial site of Crickett (now excuse me while I bash my head into the nearest wall):

“My wife told me to do something with my daughter after gymnastics today, she recommended going for hot chocolate or a donut. I thought, that’s not special, plus once you’ve consumed the item where does that leave you. Instead we bought a pink Crickett from my six year old daughter and wanted to say thanks for making quality affordable firearms for new shooters. The ‘girls’ option is especially appreciated because as scary as it sounds the color really helped get her excitet about it. Bethany says thanks too! She’ll be quite fashionalble at the Sportsman Club tomorrow.” Chris “I wanted to tell you about my daughter’s first gun. For Christmas 05′ My oldest kid,6,wanted Santa to bring her, her first real gun. When her teacher at school told the class to write a letter to Santa about what they really wanted for Christmans, she wrote “I want a rel gun my size”. The teacher said she couldn’t write that at school and had to write something else. When she told me and her mom about that I decided taht if i had to sell one of my guns to get her one I would..Luckally I didn’t have to sell any of mine to get Chris her gun. She is so responsible, and had proved it with a bb gun, that my wife and I went shopping a few days before Christmas…Our local gun store had just the perfect model in stock. Pink laminiated stock and stainless barrel. To see her face on Christmas morning after opening te wrapping paper was priceless. Out of the box she was a crack shot at 10-15 yeards, and just yesterday she bagged her first ground squirl at about 15 yards..thank you for such a great product that has brought so much fun and joy to my kid…and our family.”Michael “I just wanted to send in a photo of my daughter’s new Crickett rifle. I ordered it from Gander Mountain.It is a bull barrel thumbhole pink laminated stock model. I added a bipod and a 3.5x10x50 scope. It turned out to be a great little target gun for her. I enjoy shooting it too.”

Larry — From GA

The NRA’s 2013 Convention – should I go?

The NRA is holding their annual convention May 3-5 deep in the heart of Texas. I was thinking about  a big trip this summer.  It’s between this and an Indigo Girls concert out West.  I checked out the NRA website to see what fun might be in store for me.


Hundreds of exhibitors, celebrities and fun for the whole family!  What’s not to love?

Sarah Palin is attending.  Hell, if Sarah Palin’s going to be there, you know it’s going to be a Grizzly Mama good time.

They are having a special prayer breakfast.  It will probably go something like this, “Dear Lord,  may I never have to shoot anyone unless it is an animal or in self-defense.  Amen.”

There is a Stand and Fight Rally.  Note to the NRA – you are an organization with guns and 50% of America wants to “control” your guns.  How about something a little less violent than the word  fight?  Maybe renaming it a Stand and Peacefully Protest Rally?  

At the seminars, there is the, “Handgun Retention: Protecting Yourself and your Firearm” also known as the “Holy crap, the bad guy got my gun!” seminar.

There is the 7th annual women’s leadership forum luncheon.  This is the NRA’s smartest and brightest women coming together to share ideas about the organization and how women can inspire each other through the common bond of gun ownership and killing things.  This year’s keynote speaker is none other than a female that has shown proven leadership in the areas of 2nd amendment rights and has championed the cause of gun ownership for many women.

The NRA keynote speaker for 2013 is Mrs…..Sean Hannity!

Wait a minute.  Sean Hannity?  That’s a dude.  Seriously NRA?  You couldn’t find a female available for the WOMEN’S Leadership Forum Luncheon?

Might I suggest that mental health background checks be required to attend the conference? Not to buy guns at the conference, but just to attend.  After all, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity and Ted Nugent will be there. There will be lots of guns and ammo.  I think you should have to prove you are sane just to get in.  This conference is for gun nuts – with emphasis on nuts.

#KSleg – Holy Overreaction Batman! Guns and School Employees

Here’s the headline:

KS legislature would allow school employees to carry guns


Insert heavy sigh….

Let’s play the fact game shall we?

Fact by the a study out of the University of Pennsylvania studying 677 shootings over 2.5 years:

People carrying guns were 4.5 times more likely to be shot.

4.2 times more likely to be killed.

The conclusion was there a hyper-confidence when it came to people carrying guns that people who were not armed didn’t have.  They were more likely to put themselves in dangerous positions on purpose, increasing the likelihood to be shot.

It is more likely that my kid will be killed by lightning than shot by a mass shooter.

I know, this doesn’t work when it comes to the NRA lobby wanting everyone to have a gun.

According to the National Weather Service – 54 people are killed by lightning strikes each year.

Mass shootings by year and number of people from Alan Fox, Northwestern University Lipman Family Professor of Curriculum Law and Public Policy:

2009 –  27

2008 – 29

2007 – 23

From the American Academy of Pediatrics:

This statement reaffirms the 1992 position of the American Academy of Pediatrics that the absence of guns from children’s homes and communities is the most reliable and effective measure to prevent firearm-related injuries in children and adolescents.

Some more interesting stats: In 1997, 306 (7.2%) children and adolescents younger than 20 years killed by firearms died as a result of unintentional firearm-related injuries.



Let’s just ignore those silly docs and all those facts showing that kids are more likely to die from accidental shootings from guns and do the opposite by adding MORE guns to places that our kids frequent – schools.  Makes perfect sense  (more sarcasm).

From that liberal and non-credible  institution called Harvard:

To begin with, having a gun in the home is a risk factor for serious accidental injury and death. As Hemenway points out, death certificate data indicate that 680 Americans were killed accidentally with guns each year between 2003 and 2007. Half those victims were under the age of 25.

I’m sure that having guns in schools will in no way increase the possibility that my child will die from an accidental death from a firearm vs. a mass shooting. (sarcasm)

Now I can already feel pro-gun lobbyist typing out their response to me – “but it’s a deterrent to ward off would be gunmen.”

I’ve noticed how we don’t have any first degree murder now that we have the death penalty.  Deterrents work so well.  Also, since we have all decided that mass gunmen suffer from extreme forms of mental illness, I’m sure they are in their right mind enough to conclude deterrents when they are figure out where their next mass shooting should be.

Adding guns to schools by arming school employees actually increases the likelihood that my child will die from a shooting-an accidental shooting from school employees.  

More guns equal more chances my child will get shot.  Hey – I’m pretty good with math.  I credit great, unarmed teachers!  I understand that we all want to keep kids safe.  That is a great goal, but arming school employees isn’t the answer.  We need to keep our eye on the statistics and not over-react.  Just say no to this legislation!






Urgent: Play MO and KS gun laws- Fact or Fiction

Let’s play a fun game called Kansas and Missouri Proposed Gun Legislation – Fact or Fiction

1.  Coming from the great state of Kansas, we have HB 2199 will have that federal agents that attempt to confiscate guns manufactured in the state of Kansas could be prosecuted and face PRISON time.

2.  A bill proposed in Missouri has anyone representative who votes in favor of gun control legislation could face prison time of up to four years in jail.

3.  A bill in Missouri and Kansas that makes it a requirement that all girls 12 and younger own a shoot ‘em up Barbie and side kick assault weapon Skipper.

Let’s score this bad boy.

1.  Fact and the estimate of this baby to defend it in court $825,000 of Kansas taxpayer cash that we evidently have oodles of in Kansas.

2.  Fact.  Next up in Missouri – bills that would make discussing if Santa is real illegal.  The follow-up to that bill are more bills on the tooth fairy and unicorns.

3.  Fiction.  I had to throw one in to make this game hard.

So thanks to Kansas and Missouri, I’m book ended by cray-cray.

Let’s start with the Kansas law.  Kansas feels that any restrictions on the 2nd amendment will be unconstitutional.  So we are going to threaten imprisonment of federal agents if they decide to enforce them.  They do this by saying that any guns manufactured in the state of Kansas are excluded from any restrictions on the 2nd amendment.

Hang on federal government, I’ve got the response to this one.

Kansas lawmakers – if you decide to pursue this, I will make the executive decision granted to me by my rights as official blog writer of Pleasantly Eccentric to revoke the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.  That means you are on your own when it comes to combating drug crimes and gangs.  Your biggest fears have come true.  Kansas will become even more of a home base for funneling drugs into the US and gangs will own this great land of Oz.  Also, no response from the National Guard – so all that snow that’s coming or possible tornadoes in the spring that may require federal assistance – sorry Charlie.  No more FBI to solve crime.  Also, in the long-shot category, if a foreign enemy decides to strike, hope those Kansas handguns will serve you well.

You are on your own Kansas. Good luck and God bless!

All of this because of the federal government is trying to REGULATE the 2nd amendment?  Not do away with, but regulate.  Again to my point that we REGULATE the 1st amendment all the time.  Never mind that you are ok putting regulations all over the 1st amendment when it comes to abortion that has been found to be a constitutional right…

Not to get off track.

Missouri – don’t think I forgot about you.

Something I would like to suggest is more anti-bullying legislation.

From stopbullying.gov

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Ding! Ding!   If you just change out school aged children and put in Missouri lawmakers, I think we have a match!  I would say that threatening to put someone in prison qualifies as exclusion.  Instead of introducing laws putting lawmakers in jail, might I suggest expanding on the state-wide anti-bullying definition to include state representatives?

Kansas and Missouri – since I basically straddle the state line, could you please go more than a week and not introduce legislation that embarrasses the hell out of me?  Even if you could just avoid making national news where the journalists don’t roll their eyes or sigh heavily when reading the story that would be a huge start.




Do I want neighbors trading guns? Hell no!

Dear Sen. Blunt,

1950s kitchen

It’s me again, you know Aimee, a.k.a.  the pain-in-your-ass.  Anyway I’ve got another issue to bring up. I know – shocker.  Just give me a second.  I keep hearing from you that you are opposed to any gun legislation that would, in your words, prevent if  “two guys living next door want to trade shotguns.”  You and your pro-gun politicians also go on to say that background checks shouldn’t apply to private gun sales or if a family wants to hand down guns within the family.

The more I think about this the more I have a problem with it.

Please just keep reading.

The more I think about this one, the more the visual keeps popping up in my head of the 1950’s housewife coming over to borrow a cup of sugar.  See, it’s not the 1950’s anymore.  Unfortunately ,we rarely know much about our neighbors, let alone what their mental history is.

  • Do you really know if your neighbor is paranoid schizophrenic?  
  • Do you know if your neighbor has ever been hospitalized for bi-polar disorder?  
  • Do you know if they have ever had a restraining order out for harassing someone?  
  • Do you know if your neighbor beats his wife?

You may be all cocky and think you know, but you really don’t know.  This is something I know for sure.

I was doing google research this morning on Adam Lanza.  Turns out nobody really knew if Adam Lanza was on any psychiatric meds.  His neighbors certainly didn’t know.  See nobody in his neighborhood really knew Adam Lanza.

If I came to your neighborhood and asked you about all of your neighbors and all of their mental health history, could you tell me?  I certainly can’t tell you all of my neighbors names, let alone the status of their mental health.  Do you really think it’s ok for me to be able to trade or borrow weapons that can kill people if I don’t know any of this vital information that could prevent another mass killing?

I think hiding behind this belief that it’s ok to keep background checks out of it if it’s between neighbors or family is a cop-out.  A deadly cop-out.  If we are serious about gun control, let’s include this as well.  If you want a gun bad enough, go through a background check.  That is the best way to keep our public safe and still uphold the right to bear arms.

Now we can all wish for the good old days when we did go next door to borrow a cup of sugar and our kids ran free all over the neighborhood, but unfortunately those days are gone.

Let’s continue to be serious about strengthening gun control laws – including background checks and apply it to all guns and all people.  I know this is against what the NRA believes, but it’s time to stand up to the NRA.


Aimee Patton

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