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The NRA and the POTUS Want to “Harden Our Schools”… and Harden the Hearts of Parents, Teachers, and Children

February 23, 2018

I am working very hard to follow a mantra I have posted on my desk which reads:

“As I read the news I vow to cultivate compassion for all those I read about…

and to take care of my own anger, grief, despair and fear”

That mantra is exceedingly difficult to read when I read about the President of the United States echoing a message from the NRA chief who called for us to “harden our schools”… by which he means more police presence in schools, more surveillance, more sophisticated “entry systems”, more protection in the form of armed teachers and other personnel. I do see that my strong opposition to making it possible for anyone to purchase military grade weapons is mirrored in Mr. LaPierre’s opposition to any compromises that might erode the second amendment rights… and I can see that Mr. Trump’s desire to appeal to his “base” is mirrored in my desire to activate like minded individuals who read this blog to send their legislators emails in support of more gun control. I am clearly one of the members of the “liberal elite” who, from Mr. LaPierre’s perspective, “don’t care about the safety of children”… but I want to know how an increase in the number of guns in schools will make them more safe? Where will he draw the line on the steps children and teachers need to take to ensure their safety? He doesn’t want to forbid guns in or near schools… He wants anyone at any age to be able to buy any weapon they want and use it wherever and whenever they want. He wants anyone at any age to buy ammunition that can penetrate body armor. How will the exercise of any of these “rights” make the word a safer place for children?

Sorry for the rant… but I need to know the answer to these kinds of questions to take care of my own anger, grief and despair. In the meantime, I DO have compassion for Mr. Trump and Mr. LaPierre… for holding their view of the world must make day-to-day living very difficult.

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