October 27th, 2007 10:55 PM
'Dear Abby' is a blissninny!
This letter to ‘Dear Abby’ appeared in the Saturday, October 27, 2007 Virginian Pilot:
My son recently started at a new school, and we are getting calls for play dates. So far, I have responded by offering to host, but eventually I will have to decide about letting my son go to a home I am not familiar with. I feel strongly that he should not go to a home where there are guns. How do I ask the question without passing judgment?
Signed: Atlanta Mom
Dear Atlanta Mom:
Say: “He’d love to come. But before I agree, I have a few questions: Who will be supervising the children? Are there guns in the house? Do you plan on taking the children anywhere?” They are all legitimate questions. As a parent you have a right to know.
Now that just offended me mightily. After careful thought, and about an hour editing out ‘blissninny’, ‘idiot’, ‘airhead’, ‘twit’ (I might have misspelled that one), ‘carpetbagger, and ‘socialist cow’, I submitted the following:
Atlanta Mom is smart to ask about guns at the home where her kids have a play date, since the majority of US households do have at least 1 firearm. If there are no guns in that home, is it because of felonies, insanity, domestic violence, restraining orders, alcoholism, drug use, or what??? I would certainly worry about that!
Shouldn’t she also ask about the sexual history of the parents – can they prove they have been in a monogamous relationship for decades and aren’t HIV carriers? What about their driving records, any tickets or accidents in the last 5 years?? After all, cars kill an awful lot of kids. Do all their pets have current rabies shots, and what size, number, and breed are they? What about knives, power tools, and sex offenders in the neighborhood?
Yes, there sure is a lot to worry about.
Signed: Mr. Grammaw
Not a perfect response, but certainly heartfelt. Perhaps a few dozen of you would care to add you 2 cents by sending a reply to:
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October 27th, 2007 10:58 PM
That's the old - ''they (the guns) might jump up and start shooting''!!! Point is - only thing to ensure perhaps is that a gun owner has adequate security when lil folks are visiting - that is the main deal. Oh my - some folks are so, so unedumificated.
I feel strongly that he should not go to a home where there are guns
Chris - P95
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October 27th, 2007 11:03 PM
I dont see a problem with her answer. She didnt offer an opinion on any gun issues. She answered the question the mother asked. Perhaps she could have mentioned the other more certain dangers found in anothers home, but that wasnt the question asked.
October 27th, 2007 11:17 PM
Great response on your part. Too bad folks like "Atlanta Mom" and "Abby" do not possess the intelligence needed to overcome the anti-gun dogma that has been drummed into them.
"Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual change; but this change is not [an improvement]. For everything that is given, something is taken."
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October 27th, 2007 11:24 PM
I beg to differ Sir!...
Originally Posted by obxned
And SIXTO, you are right...it's not the answer that's offensive; it's the question...
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October 28th, 2007 07:32 AM
A great response...
If we were to do it all over, I'd look for a home where the parents BOTH had CCW permits...(great background check).
We always visited and got to know the home(s) our children visited, before the visit!
In small towns, we already had a good idea of 'who was who'...and others knew us.
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October 28th, 2007 09:10 AM
Originally Posted by retsupt99
October 28th, 2007 09:36 AM
She (the original Dear Abby, Pauline Phillips) and her twit..oops..I mean twin sister Esther Lederer AKA Ann Landers drank the HCI/Brady Kool-aid practically from the beginning, especially Ann, who was a HCI board member. Back when I had such time to waste, I occasionally perused her drivel, and recall more than one occasion where she gave her "advice" (pronunced "the HCI/Brady bunch party line") about self defense/firearms. From her background of having gone from childhood to college to 21 year old housewife to advice columnist, she was eminently qualified to give advice on firearms and self defense... , such "advice" being that guns are BAAA-AAA-AAADD , and when attacked, you should call 911 so the police will at least have audio of your attack/maiming/rape/murder.
One can only wonder how many innocent criminal's lives were saved or who's jobs were made easier by such "advice".
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October 28th, 2007 12:24 PM
well, her answer wasn't too bad, though I think it should be more along the lines of "are your guns secured?"
I don't have any kids, but if I did, I think I'd make it a point to go meet the family of any new friends. I'd also make it a big point to teach gun safety well before the rugrats get old enough for unsupervised play. If the worst did happen (finding an unsecured loaded gun), at least they'd know what to do.
"A well-educated electorate, being necessary to the continuance of a free state, the right of the people to keep and read books shall not be infringed."
Is this hard to understand? Then why does it get unintelligible to some people when 5 little words are changed?
October 28th, 2007 12:32 PM
October 28th, 2007 12:48 PM
Yes, Ma'am......especially the one on my right hip.....I'm "securing" that one PERSONALLY....
Originally Posted by Bob The Great
October 28th, 2007 09:56 PM
... I should think Abby missed the opportunity to tell Mom to give her child gun safety lessons for that possible time it might pay off, rather than try and isolate her child to the point she would not know what to do if she came across one. Children of NON gun owners are more apt to not know how to deal with one they may come in contact with and need training for their own protection as well as others that may be around them when this happenstance might occur. Missed an opportunity to preach gun safety and she instead preached gun isolationism. Could get the little child (or some others of readers) killed some day.
October 28th, 2007 11:20 PM
Your reply is STELLAR!!
I would be overjoyed if she actually ran it.
But you know she won't. It makes her look too much like the idiot she is. Every point you made is valid, and makes her concern about guns alone look quite stupid and misguided. She is driven by the leftist anti-gun agenda; she cannot possibly run your reply in the paper and discredit and debunk the agenda.
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