There, I said it. I am so astonished, flabbergasted, and appalled at the presser that Wayne La Pierre and the NRA held today. While he started out just fine, it just got creepier and yes Orwellian as it went along.
A federal program that puts an armed guard in every school across the country? Uh, no. The security of a particular school system is a local/state issue, not a federal one. Smitty over at The Other McCain accused me of being so federalist. My reply, you're damn skippy I am. What conservative can get behind this suggestion? This is something that the left would do, not the right. Not the gun part, but the federal government control part. I mean the irony of all this is so thick you can cut it with a knife. Some on the right are heralding this as the great cure-all, and the left is screaming about it. Neither of things are true.
First and foremost, I am 100% against forcing a teacher to become a gun toter. Many teachers would not want to do this, and as an American citizen that is their right. The second amendment says nothing about every American must bear arms, it says the government can't infringe upon that right. Even if the teacher was someone who liked guns, I still think it is a bad idea. All the students would know that the teacher is armed and I believed it could be a huge distraction; especially in schools were violence is an everyday part of life for the student body. What I would be willing to go along with would be highly trained and certified guard of some sort. I know where I live the police department has a unit of people who are hired out to all kinds of locations, even to some jewelry stores in the area. But only if the school system wants this type of thing. I don't think it should be forced on a federal level. This is something that state/locality should decide upon. I know here in Virginia there is discussion if our Constitution would even allow the commonwealth to force this on every school system. A bill is expected to be put into our legislature next month. We will see how it goes.
But the thing that really takes the cake for me is the national database of the mentally ill. What??????? Does he really think that a person like me deserves to have my name put into a national database simply because I have a chemical imbalance in my brain? I have been very open and honest about my mental illness on this blog. It didn't start out that way, but over time I have come to realize that in a very small way I could try to lift the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
Mental illness isn't really a science. There is no blood test to determine if you have it or not. It is more of an art when it comes to getting a proper diagnosis. Which, by the way, is part of the problem. There is no way to determine who is going to become violent. The vast majority of mentally ill people are not in any dangerous to other people. They are in many ways self-destructive, but not dangerous. The differences between the two is huge.
I have been having a discussion about this on my Facebook page and have been told that I am already in a database about my MDD. True, but that is for purposes of insurance. While the police/government could get access to that information if they really needed to, but it would take a court order to do so. The differences between a private company having this information for those type of purposes and the federal government creating one that they alone have access to don't compare in any way, shape, or form.
Am I going to have to start wearing a scarlet letter to identify myself to others too?
I have already seen comparisons between La Pierre and Hitler around the intertubes. I am sorry, but that isn't so far off. Hitler didn't like the mentally ill either. I am was not considered a good person to continue breeding, heaven knows I shouldn't create any more mentally unstable people to mess up the landscape and the perfect utopia that due to be created in the imagination of that madman.
Under no circumstances should anyone be heralding the idea of a national database about mental illness. If you are, ask yourself, who gets to determine who is mentally ill or not? Does a woman who goes through postpartum depression get added? Postpartum depression is something that last a few months and is curable (yes curable) by a short round of meds. Many women don't even go the route of meds, they push their way through it. Does a person who experiences a bout of depression after a divorce get added? Do we add all the over medicated children we have across the country too? Does he have any idea how this hinder getting medical treatment for such illnesses? Did he even remotely think this through? We already have a huge problem with stigma about mental illness in this country. This would make an already big problem even more unmanageable.
This is a violation of our freedoms and rights of epic proportions. It needs to be ridiculed for what it is. A Orwellian overreach of government. Wayne La Pierre should be deeply ashamed of his performance today, deeply and profoundly. SMDH.