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  • Lake view: Use common sense

  • On the news, I heard about a proposal to have the schools ask the parents for a listing of the guns in their possession. I recently was excited about the President's plan to exercise some common sense direction concerning gun control such as registering guns at gun shows, limiting clips and high powered weaponry not useful in hunting.
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  • On the news, I heard about a proposal to have the schools ask the parents for a listing of the guns in their possession. I recently was excited about the President's plan to exercise some common sense direction concerning gun control such as registering guns at gun shows, limiting clips and high powered weaponry not useful in hunting. However, now we have passed the realm of common sense. We are now exceeding anyone's authority.
    I see the school as a good source to teach children about gun safety. I can even see the need to send a note home reminding parents to lock up their weapons, if they have any.
    However, when a school wants a listing of who owns guns and a list of their possessions; they have gone too far! Here at the lake, we should be teaching our children(and adults) about water safety based on the number of jet ski accidents and drownings! How many children have actually taken the safety course and are of age to operate a jet ski, much less a boat? The "no wake" zone is a joke here at the lake with the children.
    The idea that we are becoming a "big brother" society and trying to find out about everything in our society from our children smacks of the early Nazi German training in schools. The children were to "tell" on their parent's activities! My mother used to use the expression, "we are going to Hell in a hand basket."
    Perhaps the regulation of our children's home lives is going too far. Our freedom, sorely bought with our veterans' lives, should be kept by our common sense approach. Parents, do not relinquish your child to society in general. Know what is going on in their lives and on their computer, phones, and game systems. You are paying for their diversions and school system. Keep involved in all aspects of their lives, especially their peer group activities. Loving your children does not mean relinquishing your control.
    Use common sense!

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