‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is Still Relevant Because it Forces Us to Confront Ourselves  — gadflyonthewallblog

“To Kill a Mockingbird” holds up the reality of injustice and demands we take a side.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is Still Relevant Because it Forces Us to Confront Ourselves  — gadflyonthewallblog
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What a VA 13-year-old Is Able to Purchase: An Experiment

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An experiment in what a 13-year-old from Virginia is able to purchase over the counter.

In the end, he walks away with only one item: a 22-caliber rifle from a private seller at a gun show. And the purchase was legal.

At least he was saved from the dangerous world of scratch-off lottery tickets.

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Texas: Why Rural Communities Oppose School Choice — Diane Ravitch’s blog

Vouchers are a big issue in Texas. Governor Greg Abbott recently announced he would promote them. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick—the Rush Limbaugh of Texas—is a voucher fanatic. Senator Ted Cruz said that school choice is the most important issue of our time. But vouchers have died every time they are introduced in the legislature. Legislators […]

Texas: Why Rural Communities Oppose School Choice — Diane Ravitch’s blog
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It’s Time to Classify Weapons, Just Like We Do Drugs.

In 1970, the government passed the Federal Controlled Substance Act. “The goal of the Controlled Substances Act is to improve the manufacturing, importation and exportation, distribution, and dispensing of controlled substances.” It has now been over 50 years since this act was passed. In recent years. there has been some refining of it processes and procedures. Schedule I and Schedule drugs are the most highly regulated. Pharmacy are required to keep a database of users and prescriptions issued.

I’m not sure why this is not possible with firearms. I know the answer is money, politics and the gun lobby.

The broad categories of guns are

  1. Revolvers
  2. Handguns
  3. Rifles
  4. Shotguns
  5. Machine Guns
  6. Assault Rifles

If there were scheduled like drugs then we would have a scale of I-V with I being the most dangerous and most highly regulated.

  1. Class I – The most highly regulated.
    1. Assault Rifles
    2. Machine Guns
  2. Class II – Slightly less regulated
    1. Hand Guns (does not include revolvers)
  3. Class III –
    1. Rifles
  4. Class IV-
    1. Shotguns
  5. Class V-
    1. Revolvers
    2. Antiques
 Class IClass IIClass IIIClass IVClass V
7-Day Waiting Period   XX
14-Day Waiting Period  X  
21-Day Waiting Period X   
28-Day Waiting PeriodX    
8-hour Training Course   XX
16-Hour Training Course  X  
24-Hour Training Course X   
32-Hour Training CourseX    
Proficiency TestXXXXX
Background CheckXXXXX
Psychological TestingXX   
Hunting License  X  
Written Explanation of Need ApplicationX    

What you see above are merely suggestions for ways to make gun ownerships more safe. If I were to add anything else, then it would be a minimum age requirement of 25 years-old.

Not once did I say that I wanted to infringe on someone’s right to bear arms, just that it will take a little longer to obtain a firearm. This delay should allow for time to omit people that have criminal backgrounds and psychological testing as needed.

In the State of Texas there have been five mass shootings since Abbott became Governor. He is is unwilling take steps to improve gun safety in Texas. In fact, he has done the exact opposite and made it easier for everyone to obtain a gun with no safeguards in place.

Abbott and the State Legislature is 100% responsible for the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022.

In order for there to be change, there must be change!

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Peter Greene: Let’s Make the Targets Responsible for Surviving or Dying — Diane Ravitch’s blog

Peter Greene is outraged, as we all are, by the latest school shooting. It won’t be the last. Who is responsible for stopping the carnage, he asks. Why, the targets are. So say the politicians who have the power to stop the massacres. Their advice: more guns. Harden the target. More security at schools. Alarms […]

Peter Greene: Let’s Make the Targets Responsible for Surviving or Dying — Diane Ravitch’s blog
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If You Don’t Support Gun Control, You Support School Shootings — gadflyonthewallblog

Parents and guardians know that feeling – a little piece of your heart walking away from you. Imagine what the parents of the 19 children who were killed yesterday in Uvalde, Texas, might have felt.

If You Don’t Support Gun Control, You Support School Shootings — gadflyonthewallblog
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It’s Time to Make Texas Schools Safer

On May 18, 2018 a high school student walked into Santa Fe High School, in Santa Fe, Texas. He killed 8 students, including one foreign exchange student, and 2 teachers.

All that the poor leadership in Austin could muster was “prayers and thoughts”. They talked a lot in the days following the incident but that is all it was, TALK. There were not any action taken immediately or during the 2019 and 2021 legislative sessions.

Fixing gun law is a different topic, my focus here is on securing the buildings. Make it harder for gunmen to to enter school properties.

It is the legislatures responsibility to pass legislation and funding that requires schools be updated and secured.

  1. All new schools must meet minimum security standards.
    1. All doors locked and secured with alarmed doors.
    2. Cameras at each door to identify offenders. Camera throughout the building to monitor each building.
    3. Double and triple doors in which require buzzing through each door.
    4. Metal detectors each active entrance
    5. Funding for additional security to assist with ongoing metal detector duty.
  2. Existing school will require extensive retrofitting and up grades.
    1. Replace all doors with alarmed doors.
    2. Add-on to the building an entrance that has 2 or 3 locking chambers
    3. Add metal detectors and personnel to monitor them.
    4. Add video monitoring equipment to improve monitoring.

It is important to note that this is just important for rural school as it is for schools with in the city limits. I realize that many rural school believe they are immune to to possible attacks. The reality is they may actually be more vulnerable that schools in the city. Schools in the city have been using metal detectors for many years and they are very common place.

Many state leaders have suggested arming school personnel as a way to improve the situation. Arming staff does not fix the fact that buildings are not secure.

As I complete this article; 19 students have and 2 adults have died. Demand more from your state leaders. When November arrives and it is time to vote for Governor, Lt. Gov and other state legislative positions; keep in mind that the actions they did take and the actions that they didn’t take are 100% their responsibility. Hold them responsible at the ballot box.

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Mercedes Schneider: The Gutless, Weak, Cowardly NRA Issues a Lame Statement on Uvalde Massacre — Diane Ravitch’s blog

Mercedes Schneider reports that the National Rifle Association, which owns the Republican Party, issued a pathetic statement about something that happened somewhere that caused some real problems that cannot be mentioned. The NRA feels bad that this terrible thing happened. Since they plan to hold their annual meeting in Houston in a few days, it […]

Mercedes Schneider: The Gutless, Weak, Cowardly NRA Issues a Lame Statement on Uvalde Massacre — Diane Ravitch’s blog
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Little Greggy, Thanks for the Gun Laws in Texas!

May 24, 2022: Fourteen students and a teacher are dead after a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The shooter reportedly was an 18 year-old Uvalde HS student.

How many more of these incidents must we have before there is a change in our gun laws? Something has to change.

Stop before you start screaming Second Amendment. Let’s first review what it actually says.

  • Second Amendment
    – A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed
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The Second Amendment doesn’t prohibit states from conducting background checks before a law abiding citizen is allowed to purchase a gun. It will just slow the process so that we minimize the number of criminals and and mentally unstable with guns. I don’t see any militias being formed. I also

I remember a time while I was growing up that in order for a minor to get a hunting license in the State of Kansas you had to pass a “Hunter Safety Course”. They taught basic gun safety, not just gun safety for hunting. The course came with a test that must be passed before s minor was allowed to obtain a hunting license.

During the 2021 Legislative session, the Texas Legislature passed a law allowing for the open carry of guns. When the law was passes it overrode the previous law requiring a concealed handgun training course before a person was allowed to carry an concealed handgun. This new gun law has not made it safer but much more dangerous.

It is time for the following:

  1. New leadership (using the term very loosely) in Austin. The current Governor and Lt. Gov are not equipped to lead this state in a safer direction.
  2. Repeal the open carry law.
  3. Pass a law requiring a training course for first time gun buyers and a refresher course every 2 years.
  4. There must be a 14 or 21 day waiting period before the purchase of any time of firearm. Many firearms are bought in a moment of emotion and passion. A waiting period will allow cooler heads to prevail
  5. Ban the sale of all guns at gun shows. You can look, but you can’t buy.
  6. If a minor commits an offense with their parents gun, then not only will he minor be charged but his parents will charged also.
  7. Raise the taxes on firearms and ammo. Make it harder to purchase.

It’s time for change. Let’s make it happen now.

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Texas’ Jim Crow-Styled Highland Park ISD — deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider’s Blog

On May 22, 2022, the Wall Street Journal published this story about three remarkable sports figures who graduated from Texas’ Highland Park Independent School District (HP ISD)– without mentioning HP ISD’s prolonged and quite intentional history focused upon establishing and maintaining white privilege. On Twitter, Southern history writer Joshua Benton relays in impressive detail HP’s […]

Texas’ Jim Crow-Styled Highland Park ISD — deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider’s Blog
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