Making Sense by Michael Reagan

first_imgMaking Sense by Michael ReaganPresident Donald Trump said a bunch of crazy things this week.Nothing new there.I’m not referring to the global trade war he may have started on Thursday with his announcement that steep protective tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum could be coming as early as next week.I’m referring to the tougher gun control laws the president publicly floated on Wednesday during an unscripted discussion with bipartisan lawmakers in the White House.Sounding more like Nancy Pelosi than a lifelong friend of the National Rifle Association, the president suggested three steps he thinks would help to prevent future mass school shootings like the one in Parkland, Fla.He proposed raising the age limit to buy assault-type weapons like the AR-15 to 21, making background checks tougher on, 9all, 9gun buyers and taking guns away from people with mental problems.In the real world, where there are more than 300 million guns floating around the United States, Trump’s first two actions will do nothing but burden law-abiding gun owners.The president’s third idea – taking someone’s guns away for mental-health reasons and making them go to court to get them back – is especially outrageous.Forget the serious constitutional concerns about taking law-abiding citizens’ guns and doing the due process, 9,9later.Does Mr. Trump have any clue,9 how impossible it would be to determine who was truly crazy and dangerous and needed to have his or her guns seized?Does he realize the dangerous road his idea would send us down?“Hello 911? The guy next store is cutting his lawn sideways. He’s really crazy. You better come and take his guns away.”And my Congresswoman Maxine Waters thinks the president is mentally ill.Do you say, “I’m sorry, Mr. Trump, someone says you’re crazy? You have to give us your guns.”Trump’s gun control ideas are not worth the breath he spent on them.The most obvious reason the Parkland school tragedy happened was that the FBI and the local police screwed up – despite multiple warnings.A less obvious reason the shooter was not stopped before he could take 17 innocent lives was the “parental” failure of his mother and the family he lived with after she died last year.Those adults knew he was mentally ill, angry and dangerous, yet they did little to get him the help he needed.Few parents agree to have their kids treated for being mentally ill because it reflects poorly on them. Fewer still will turn their own kids into the police.But talk about bad parenting skills.The couple the teenage killer was living with at the time of the shooting knew he had a bunch of guns and did nothing to get them out of their house.They locked his weapons in a safe, but the shooter easily made a spare key for himself. Apparently, th,9e couple,9 never met a teenager before.Parkdale was a tragedy that could have been averted with, 9the, 9common sense that all parents should employ.A good friend of mine, a hunter who owns several, 9guns, was having trouble with one of his kids and had to put him on Ritalin.After the boy had an out-of-control moment, the father took every one of his guns out of the house and gave them to a friend to keep for him.If you have a kid you think is mentally ill, and you have guns in your house, you shouldn’t look to the government to solve the problem.You should, 9solve it, 9yourself. Remove the guns from, 9the, 9house. Don’t put them in a safe. Get them out.If we are not going to take responsibility for being good parents when it comes to guns, don’t be surprised when Donald Trump or the government takes that responsibility away from us.FOOTNOTE: Mike’s column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. The CCO posted this article without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Broadband Bill Focuses On Rural Internet Access

first_imgStaff ReportTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that could lead to the expansion of broadband internet service in rural areas passed the General Assembly before the clock ran out on the session Wednesday.House Enrolled Act 1065, which is on its way to the governor for action, was the top legislative priority of the Indiana Farm Bureau in 2018.The bill authorizes the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to study broadband expansion and tools to assist in its deployment. It also establishes a grant program for broadband deployment.The Farm Bureau said other bills that helped the state’s agriculture business, including:HEA 1089 – Makes changes to the authority of the St. Joseph River Basin Commission. Includes surveyors and Soil and Water Conservation District staff on the commission.HEA 1115 – Protects landowners from liability if someone goes through or on their property for the purposes of accessing a trail or greenway.HEA 1227 – Adds waterhemp, marestail, Palmer amaranth, Powell amaranth, smooth pigweed, rough pigweed and poison hemlock to the noxious weed list.HEA 1233 – Authorizes a study committee to review government programs and research related to non-point source impacts on water quality. It also approves the use of purple marks as a way to expand the options for marking the property to provide notice against trespassing.FOOTNOTE: TheStatehouseFile.com is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more