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Old October 20th, 2016, 11:55 AM   #1
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The Center for Disease Control is putting out questionable statistics to support so called "safe storage" initiatives on the West Coast. If it works there, they will undoubtedly push the same idea everywhere. The premise is that it will prevent child firearm accidents. No one wants a child hurt with a firearm, but most of those accidents occur in homes of people who can't legally own firearms in the first place. In fact, the example they use is two young boys who got hold of one of their parents' guns at a motel, where their parents and others were having a pot and drug party. One boy was shot by the other boy.

I'm sure this shining example of parenthood would have had safe storage foremost on their mind. Illinois already has a reasonable safe storage law. Safe storage, as is being proposed, is a Trojan Horse to force the government's will into the homes of law abiding gun owners. The British gun confiscation began with safe storage laws in the 1920's.

In this age of overprotected children (precious little cupcakes, as I call them), mom chases them around with disinfectant, makes sure they have a birthday party at school instead of attending math or history class, and pays for their education, with the end result of the children living in their parents' basement until they are 35 years old. It is interesting to look at how children were reared in the past. One such example is 16-year-old Sybil Ludington, who on April 26, 1777, rode to warn Colonial Militia that the "Regulars" were coming. Most of us think of Paul Revere, but Sybil rode her horse, Star, 40 miles through the night to raise the countryside, twice as far as Paul Revere. Her father could not go because he was organizing the militia in preparation for the attack by the Regulars. No one said " the British are coming" since they were all British at the time, by the way. There were many young people who served in the Civil War. One of those was 10-year old Johnny Clem, who served in the 22nd Michigan and was promoted to Sergeant after killing a Confederate Colonel. David Wood, also 10, served as an aide to his father, who was a Colonel in the 6th Missouri. Willie Johnston, of the Vermont 3rd, received a Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the Peninsular Campaign; he was 12 years old. If you have ever watched the John Wayne movie "The Horse Soldiers", they pay tribute to a Southern boy's military school who attacked the Union troops. That actually happened. The Cadets at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) did just that, without such a light- hearted outcome. They attacked when many of the Confederate Regulars were in hiding. Do you think any of these kids would worry about getting a participation trophy for an unscored soccer game? These young people knew and understood responsibility and duty at a young age.
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In this age of overprotected children (precious little cupcakes, as I call them), mom chases them around with disinfectant, makes sure they have a birthday party at school instead of attending math or history class, and pays for their education
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