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02:50 pm: Guns
I don't like guns. I don't know much about them. I've never held one. I've never seen one in person. And I have no desire whatsoever to fill in those gaps in my experience, especially with a toddler in the house.

I've recently read Gavin De Becker's Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane), which has made me more keenly aware of the dangers of guns, particularly with boys. (It's also made me much more aware of a whole bunch of other safety-related issues; I cannot recommend this book highly enough.)

One of the points De Becker makes is that 100% of school shootings like Columbine have been committed by white boys at rural schools.

Pelham is rural. I like that about Pelham. But I never made the rural-guns connection.

So I emailed someone I met at the Pelham School Fair to ask her about it. She hates guns and doesn't want them in her house. But her husband is an ex-police officer and they do have guns in their house, "securely locked." She believes that guns are much more common in Pelham than in non-rural communities, because of hunters.

This was not a factor I had considered with our re-location. I'm going to call the school principal and the guidance counselor (now known as an "adjustment counselor," which I find inexplicably amusing) and ask about the school safety policy.

It's a start.

I know that I need to ask, when it comes time for Teddy to go on play-dates without me, about guns in his friends' houses. But I'd naively assumed that the answer would always be "no."

Fuck a duck. This parenting stuff is complicated and hard and painful.

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Current Mood: worriedworried
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