I’m no gun lover, but all these places that are raising the age to buy weapons are missing the point.
First of all, do we really think three years make that much of a difference (18 to 21)? Next, a lot of mass shooters have been over 21. But the biggest thing is that if some punk wants to get his hands on a weapon, he’ll find a way to make it happen.
The only thing that gets accomplished by changing store policies is angering some customers whilst gaining some new ones. It becomes a pointless wash.
We need to arm teachers. It’s the right thing to do. But rather than forcing unwilling teachers to pack heat, find a few qualified volunteers (who’ve gone through training) to keep schools safe. They should be anonymous and operate like air marshals. Potential shooters won’t know who has a gun and who doesn’t. When they try to start something, they’ll get the surprise of their lives!
Those Who Can’t
Teachers need to get a grip. No one forced you to become a teacher, and no one’s forcing you to remain in the system. If you want more money, find another job or get a promotion into administration.
Strikes only hurt kids by keeping them out of school, and place unnecessary stress on parents who now have to find a way to keep kids safe and occupied during the day. Some parents even have to stay home, which costs the family necessary income.
These selfish teachers should all be fired. While they’re constantly bitching, there are thousands of unemployed people who are just itching for a chance to get a job and move ahead.
Those Who Help Themselves
Programs that help former drug addicts get jobs are admirable, but what about people who’ve been out of work for a long time through no fault of their own?
For instance, my brother-in-law got laid off last year and hasn’t been able to even get a minimum wage job (they say he’s “overqualified”). This guy doesn’t use drugs (doesn’t even drink!), never been in trouble with the law, and no one’s giving him a hand up. Meanwhile, we’re coddling these addicts. It doesn’t make sense.
Everywhere Is Signs
You can tell a lot about a driver from their bumper stickers, and I don’t mean just hobbies and interests.
In my experience, anyone with a marathon sticker (13.1, 26.2) is a douche. Anything about a dog or kid and you’ve got a psychotic on your hands. Disney stickers (or smiley faces) are a sure sign of emotional instability.
When I see people with a [local radio station] sticker, I know they’re going to be maniacs on the road. And those “coexist” and “tolerance” ones with the different religious logos? I can tell right off that the driver is one of the biggest bigots out there. Every time!
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