Zero gun tolerance needs to be eradicated!

First let me post some actual stories from news sources which relate to ridiculous “zero gun tolerance” rules implemented in schools across our country.

1. Nebraska, a 3-year-old-deaf boy has been told by his school district to change the way he signs his name because the gesture resembles shooting a gun.
3-Year-Old Deaf Boy, Told By Preschool To Change Way He Signs His Name
The Huffington Post | By Ron Dicker
08/28/2012 12:25 pm Updated: 10/04/2012 9:12 am

2. Maryland First Grader Suspended for Pointing Finger in Shape of Gun
abcnews.go.com › US for pretending his fingers were scissors and then a gun. After the third incident , he was suspended, according to the letter, obtained by WJLA …
Jan 3, 2013

3. Maryland Parents Furious After Boys Suspended For Using Fingers As Guns
TALBOT COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Is it child’s play or a serious threat of gun violence? For the second time in less than a month, a Maryland child is kicked out of school for using his finger in the shape of a gun.
January 15, 2013 11:23 PM

4. Pennsylvania girl, 5, suspended for talk of ‘shooting’ a Hello Kitty ‘bubble gun’
From Meridith Edwards, CNN A Pennsylvania school suspends a kindergarten girl for making a “terroristic threat”. Her lawyer says she playfully talked of “shooting” a Hello Kitty bubble gun with friends. The school later reduces the suspension, but still finds she made a “threat to harm others
Tue January 22, 2013 updated 10:49 AM EST

5. Philadelphia Fifth-grader reprimanded for bringing paper ‘gun’ to school
By Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo! News | The Lookout –
Wed, Jan 23, 2013

6. Colorado Boy, 7, suspended for throwing imaginary grenade, playing a game of ‘rescue the world,’ he tossed an imaginary grenade into a box. Because of the school’s ‘no real or play fighting’ rule, the boy was kicked out of school for an undisclosed period of time.
BY ADAM EDELMAN / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS,
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013, 6:24 PM
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/boy-7-suspended-throwing-imaginary-grenade-article-1.1256200#ixzz2V6TSMKU1

7. Florida Student Suspended After Disarming Teen Who Had Gun On The School Bus, Officials Say (VIDEO) The Huffington Post | By Cavan Sieczkowski
03/05/2013 2:30 pm EST

8. Maryland Student Suspended For Pop-Tart Gun, Josh Welch, Files Appeal With Maryland County School System
The Baltimore Sun | By Joe Burris
03/18/2013 8:00 am EDT | Updated: 03/19/2013 3:13 pm EDT

9. Massachusetts Boy, 5, suspended for bringing plastic toy gun to school
March 22, 2013 FoxNews.com
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/22/boy-5-suspended-for-bringing-plastic-toy-gun-to-school/#ixzz2V6WFoUMI

10. DO ZERO TOLERANCE POLICIES FOR WEAPONS AT SCHOOLS DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD IN PRACTICE? Christopher Santarelli, The Blaze.
On Monday, a North Carolina high school senior, honor student and Eagle Scout realized as he pulled into the school parking lot that he had his skeet shooting rifle in his car. He went inside the school to call his mom to come pick it up and take it home. But the school found out and David “Cole” Withrow was arrested just weeks before his graduation.
May. 2, 2013 10:00pm

11. Zero tolerance: Virginia 2nd-grader suspended for pretending his pencil was a gun.
He was suspended from Driver Elementary School in Suffolk, Va. for two days after pretending to be a Marine shooting at a ‘bad guy’ played by a friend, who was also suspended.
BY MICHAEL WALSH / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013, 2:58 PM
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/va-7-year-old-suspended-gun-play-article-1.1337342#ixzz2V6PpZ6Sw

12. Massachusetts 6-YEAR-OLD GIVEN DETENTION, FORCED TO APOLOGIZE AFTER BRINGING THIS SERIOUSLY TINY PLASTIC GUN ON SCHOOL BUS
May. 29, 2013 1:20am Jason Howerton, The Blaze

13. Maryland 5yo Kindergartener interrogated over Cowboy style cap gun until he pees his pants, then suspended 10 days from school in Calvert County
The Daily Caller –
Fri, May 31, 2013

14. FLORENCE, AZ – A high school student in Florence said he has been suspended because of a picture of a gun. By: Corey Rangel
02/01/2013
Read more: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_central_southern_az/florence/florence-student-suspended-over-picture-of-gun#ixzz2V6fPQ99R

And seriously the list goes on and on over irrational zero gun tolerance guidelines. For hundreds of years kids have been playing out scenarios with guns, from cowboys and Indians, cops and robbers, and acting like soldiers/army men and these boys grew up without becoming psychopathic homicidal blood thirsty killers!

Contrary to my title I do not actually think “zero gun tolerance” needs to be eradicated, however it certainly needs a massive overhaul. This rule that every and any type or image of a gun or any explosive device is cause for disciplinary action is moronic. How about a realistic set of rules and guidelines which would outline: Disciplinary action for any gun that has the ability to fire a projectile, any material used in making gun powder or explosives, bullets(live or spent). In a situation where a student brings a firearm to school or a extension of school(field trips, buses, away games, etc) and another student may attempt in disarming the student(added because this incident did occur in Fla), the student who was disarming would only be disciplined after statements were taken from witnesses and reviewed to determine whether the student was truly acting for the safety of all present.

Additionally, other exceptions need to be considered. Like the boy who was arrested after realizing he left his rifle in his truck and called his mom to come pick it up. No consideration was given for a young man who tried to do the right thing after he realized the mistake. Same thing for the boy who disarmed the gun toting student. In both these instances they tried to do the right thing and both were penalized. So what would be the lesson learned here?

Well for the first case it shows “never” to talk around a school official, that creates distrust. Secondly it shows to either disregard the rules and try to hide the rifle or to get in your vehicle and leave school premises without authorization. And though you may get in trouble for ditching school you won’t get arrested!(not yet anyway)
The second incident is far more tragic in its potential outcome, which is why I’m sure the boy felt compelled to intervene in the first place. And the lesson learned there is… Let the guy shoot people. Because if you instill this fear of penalization for being even remotely involved in a gun incident, more people will get shot and less people will help!

So people do you want your children and grandchildren to be freaking out at the sight of a gun for fear they will be ostracized and penalized by their educators? Remember these are the people who care for your child 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 10 months a year for 13 years of their most formidable years. If we don’t take a stand now and beat down this policy to a more realistic policy our children may not have the tenacity to strike a fly!

I’m just not cool! And was never hot, but I’m not cold! I’m me!

Evidently I’m not “cool” anymore, like I was ever cool to begin with. Some of my history on here reflects the difficulties in my childhood which lead to poor life choices. And those choices often come at a price which costs you down the road of life. One of such is being viewed as my past self and being compared to the person who I was, but no longer am. I had no regard for any one or anything and I was… dare I say “liberal”. With that came all the indulgences and freedoms from rules, laws, conformity and logic. Live and let live! And evidently to some that current mindset is equivalent to being “cool”.

Many years ago a friend from childhood said to me “why can’t you be the way you used to be?” Implying on some level that I’m not as fun as I was before. I’m not sure if this was my response to her but it may have been because I can’t imagine what else I would’ve said…
“The person I was then did drugs and drank excessively, had no regard for life, mine nor others. You didn’t like when I used drugs or put my life at risk but yet you want THAT person back? You can’t have it both ways I was that person because of the things I did and the way I thought.”

She got the point more or less, but even if she didn’t I wasn’t going back to being that person. Now if you’ve read any of my other posts I don’t hide my Christianity and that is who I am now. A Christian and I’m pretty sure that the people who know me now don’t think I’m entirely boring. You don’t have to be vulgar, snide, condescending or arrogant to be witty or humorous as a matter of fact you will be more respected if you maintain decorum and modesty. Though I’m not quite sure I’ve got the modesty thing down, can you be modest and obtrusive at the same time?

But the most valuable lesson I learned and I still have to remind myself of is… What does God think of me? And am I acting in accord with what He would view as acceptable(except speeding-shhhh)? I said I was Christian NOT perfect!

Now just so I don’t go throwing everyone into some sort of tizzy because I equated being cool with being a liberal, this is what was said of me. So if you are one of the cool people and you are living a righteous life DO NOT be alarmed or offended, it’s ok, it does NOT make you a liberal! Honestly the coolest people are those who are generous, kind, thoughtful, respectful, honest and sincere to name some positive attributes. I guess by my own standards I am cool! Lol, to bad I’m not the one making the rules for the masses!

I did mention I’m not very modest 😛

Btw I’m a conservative to a fault some would say, I say I’m a realist!
As far as the hot and cold, I just put that in the title for whimsy.

Tornado alley, why do people live there?

A valid question to which I would like an honest answer. I’m not being sarcastic and I mean no disrespect in the question, I’m just curious. In California the state of earthquakes, mudslides and forest fires are natural disasters they tolerate in exchange for the coastal view and pleasant year round temperatures. As is the same with New Zealand and Japan. But I can’t think of any similar reasons for Oklahoma or any other parts of tornado alley so I have nothing to weigh the pros vs cons against. That is why I’m asking for your opinions.

Also I have a few questions about building and structure with regards to the building industry to accommodate for tornados. Are there currently any building regulations or knowledge that could be implemented to help offset the amount of damaged sustained from a tornado strike? And if there are building upgrades available are they mandatory for new buildings and can a home be retrofitted to be more tornado “proofed”?

One other thought, not sure if it’s feasible or cost effective but I noticed a lot a cars strewn about in the aftermath and that got me thinking about a possible solution to potential save some cars and save the areas they get thrown into. The first thing is adding 4 “D” type loops to the underside of a vehicles frame, 2 in the front, 2 in the back spaced apart for stability. Next would take some retrofitting or upgrades added to new driveways pads. That would included 4 long “U” shaped bars or something to that affect that would be cemented into 4 small wells (@5″x5″x1′) the top of the “U” would be level with the driveway top so no one would trip over it(and a cover could also be made). So with both the vehicle and driveway being fitted with these “loops” the last thing needed would be 4 heavy duty chains with hooks on each end that would in theory secure the vehicle to the driveway. Anyhow that’s my 2 cents, now for yours 🙂

Update: I posted this on FB to get a few answers and one reply did explain the ferocity of a tornado and the magnitude of damage one could see…
*Because its a beautiful place to live. Tornado alley is the PLAINS; filled with unending vistas, farms, ranches, fields, and good decent folks and communities. Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska – hunting fishing, rivers, creeks, ponds and HUGE lakes (most man made). A great place to be a kid and raise a family. Folks there take this all in stride, it is, was and always will be part of the weather pattern for those that live there.

As for making homes wind resistant, that is a physical impossibility at these speeds and produced forces. An EF5 can literally implode or suck away anything attached to steel and concrete. Plus most window manufacturers already meet criteria for wind driven projectiles reaching 125mph. At some point price point becomes the issue. We are talking about resisting 250 mph shear forces which is 160 pounds per square foot of pressure on each surface which will produce a suction or uplift load exceeding on say a 20×30′ roof of 1,920,000 pounds per square foot. Basically pulling the structure apart. The larger the surface area the larger the loads. Typically we design these loads for say 60 pounds a square foot and less, and that is an excessive load physically to overcome. without significant structure of steel or concrete.