By Sabrina Samone, TMP
In my last blog, let’s ban Mental Illness not Guns; I was sadden by the lack of attention to mental illness in the country. The loss of innocence is never an easy thing to swallow and when that innocence is bloodedly murdered, it makes you want to regurgitate. Seems people have gone even more ballistic in the past month about what to do about the gun condition in this country. Again I support the second amendment but do wonder why people feel the need to have assault weapons and where is the conversation on mental illness. Why are we ignoring the facts that crazy people will find away to continue to kill, with or without a gun.
Now seems we’re even talking about giving guns to teachers. My God, so not only do you have to work one of the most important but under paid and unappreciated jobs in any modern society, but now you have to add being a police officer too? A rural Ohio school district which has asked its janitors to carry handguns has become the latest to push for armed staff member since last month. Teachers in Texas are already allowed to carry guns in some schools and the state’s lieutenant governor on Friday called for government funding to train more of them to do so. Tuesday, Huffington Post counted “at least six states” where lawmakers have outlined plans to introduce legislation this year to allow teacher to carry guns into schools or require several teachers to be armed in school building. The sates; Florida, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota and Tennessee and today word is my home state of South Carolina , from the WCDB, that a legislator here has pre-filed a bill to allow teachers to carry guns in schools. There is some hope; Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Friday said he would like his state to join 17 others in reporting the names of the people with serious mental illnesses in order to help prevent guns from ending up in the wrong hands.
My only horror is Bobby Jindal is the typical Republican and giving any of them more legislation over determining who is and who is not considered mentally ill is terrifying. Thoughts of the Gestapo, KGB and concentration camps come to mind thinking of what a republican controlled goverment would do with such power. At that thought, it wouldn’t be a surprise if any lgbtq person, woman who has aborted a baby or anyone who has smoked weed would be classified as mentally ill by these people. Though any talks at treating mental illness is a better step than armed teachers. Seriously who’s to say all teachers are sane? Haven’t we seen this past decade of teachers falling in love with thirteen year old students, expressing jealous rages for a minor? Do we want to give them a gun now? Can’t we come up with alternatives than Mrs. Peel being armed? Locked down the school no entry and no unsupervised exit or what about increase funding for homeschooling? These discussions seriously remind me of the old Julie brown song, Everybody run the homecoming queen has got a gun, only now seems one day soon we’ll be screaming everybody run the homeroom teacher has got a machine gun.
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