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So did ya show them the law yet? :)
"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws." -Plato
Good deal. Glad it worked out for you. Sometimes you just have to push back to make things happen.
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The proof will be in whether you get kids or not. They can always find something, if they decide you should not have any.
Before everybody gets all self-righteous here about foster children and second amendment rights you need to do a little reading about foster children and some of the problems inherent in caring for them. I spent nine years teaching ( I am a Special Ed teacher with a Behavior Intervention Specialty License) in a Juvenile Placement Group Home (4 years) and in public school alternative school (5 years.) Most of my students were either from foster homes or dysfunctional single parent homes and had spent some time in the foster care system. They had also all been in the Juvenile Justice system for major criminal activity.
Just to be sure that I wasn’t biased from too small a segment of foster care kids, I read up on state data for foster care kids and crime rates. There are just a few sources posted below as links. Most of the children with no major issues don’t stay in the foster care system but are eventually adopted. What is left are for the majority of times children with major mental and social adjustment issues. Many agencies must exercise extreme caution in the environments these children are placed in. In most states there are few if any “lock-ups” for violent and troubled children. Instead they are fed into the foster care system. In some, but not all, cases the agency cannot even tell the foster parents that a problem exists. I am the last person to say these children shouldn’t receive help, but they don’t need to be around handguns.
I really admire you if you want to help with foster care but you are going to have to live by the agency rules and that may very well mean “incident proofing” your house, up to and including not having handguns in the house. Normal safety procedures are useless as most of the really wise kids that have been around in the system for awhile know how to over ride locks and safes. And you are really naďve if you believe that the agency is only going to send you the “good kids.” Every foster home gets their fair share of the “bad seeds.”
Read these links:
Study shows crime rates of foster care wards decline to norms
Last edited by wjh2657; August 29th, 2011 at 10:13 PM. Reason: Adjust type size
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Let me end with this.... I have a really big and nearly indestructible Liberty safe that houses all my toys. But I can't have a child from an adoption agency. And to boot I would have to show a permit? I mean what if I live where a firearm is permitted without license such as a deer rifle? Okay whatever this whole government ran adoption policy sucks.
And lastly any study with the word Chicago on it just doesn't deserve two seconds of time. That would be like reading a study from the Cuban government on what real economic liberty is.
Im leaving this thread.
"I believe that the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms must not be infringed if liberty in America is to survive." - Ronald Reagan