Since the horrific Uvalde school shooting in May, Texas officials have done all they can to protect state guns and comfort the people who own them while doing little to help parents. fearful.
In that vein, schools in Texas are handing out “safety” kits that encourage parents to collect their children’s DNA and fingerprints in an “emergency.” These kits are labeled, without the slightest irony, “A gift of safety, from our family to yours”, right under a giant seal from the State of Texas.
Since some of the 19 students murdered at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde had to be identified using DNA samples, the distribution of these kits made parents sick.
“Our children are not worth restricting guns”
Brett Cross’ 10-year-old son, Uziyah Garcia, was killed in the Uvalde Massacre. He tweeted this: “Yeah! Awesome! Let’s identify the kids after they’ve been murdered instead of fixing the issues that might ultimately prevent them from being murdered. It’s like wiping your (expletive) off before you take a (expletive).
I removed the profanity, even if it is spot on.
Emily Westbrooks, a Texas mother with one child in kindergarten and one in first grade, told ‘Today’: “They’ve decided our kids aren’t worth restricting guns, but they’re giving us this as some sort of consolation. It’s disgusting that they can’t do better than admit that they won’t protect our children.
With Texas DNA kits, intent and need don’t align
The idea for the kits stems from a Texas law passed in 2021 – after a mass shooting at a school in Santa Fe, Texas, but before the Uvalde shooting – and the intention is for parents to store the records DNA and fingerprints at home in case a child goes missing.
But the intent and real need for these kits don’t seem to match, making them look like, as Cross wrote, preparedness kits for future school shootings.
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Remind me: Faithful to families or to arms?
It would be entirely reasonable for parents in Texas – or anyone who sees a connection between school shootings and easy access to high-powered firearms – to stand in the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas. , and shout at the creosote bushes, “Could we please do something about the guns instead of planning how to identify the bodies of our children, are you sold out?!?”
But we all know how it will turn out. You might scare a few javelins by the way, but extracting the heads of Texan politicians from BIG GUN’s tuchus is like trying to teach common sense to a dude who keeps 37 handguns and five AR-15s at home to ” protect “.
You know who else is asking for DNA samples? The military.
The idea of storing your child’s DNA in the event of a tragedy sounds like something the military would do before sending soldiers to war, and the reason it looks like that is because that’s exactly what What is the army doing?
Since the early 1990s, active duty military personnel have had to provide DNA samples to be stored in the Armed Forces Specimen Sample Repository for identification of remains.
Why not just arm the toy soldiers?
It makes sense to the soldiers. But for Texas kids in kindergarten through sixth grade?
Heck, why don’t we start handing out dog tags to school kids? If our response to school shootings is to treat children like we treat soldiers, maybe the DNA kit should come with a gun. and a bulletproof vest.
Would it be easier to pass sensible gun laws that require universal background checks, prohibit the sale of assault weapons, limit loader capabilities, and raise the minimum age for gun ownership? 21 years old ? Sure, but it might ruffle the feathers of those who think everyone needs to live in a house made of guns and then own more guns to protect themselves from other people’s gun houses. and all other firearms. Or something like that. I can’t quite follow the logic, if I’m being honest, but I’m sure if I buy a few dozen guns it will make sense.
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So yes, let’s look beyond the fact that America’s gun loyalty is deeply stupid and dangerously disturbing – and entirely unique to our country – and focus on taking DNA from our children so that we are prepared in case they are brutally murdered by someone who never should have had a gun in the first place.
I guess they’re just soldiers now in the fight to protect a wildly distorted interpretation of the Second Amendment: “You’re 5 now, Tommy. Turn in your DNA sample and collect your dog tag and handgun.
It’s completely insane.
If we want to follow the army’s lead in protecting our children, it seems the least we can do is provide them with tiny tanks.
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