A Missouri lawmaker is pushing a bill that would require parents to report the guns they own to any schools their child attends so that it can be noted in the child’s record. Somehow, putting a mark in the records of the children of gun owners is being framed as “encourag[ing] gun safety in the community and in the household.”
Except the bill doesn’t seem to do any of that based on the report. The only thing they say that is mandatory under the bill is for the schools to act as registration offices for guns. It simply puts a spotlight on those kids to be targeted by school officials to overreact to any little instance of minor trouble, regardless of any actual or perceived threat. A minor misbehavior that might get a kid of non-gun owning detention could result in in-school suspension for the child of gun owners out of fear that they need to be watched & kept away from other students in case they get upset by the punishment.
While the media report does highlight that the chance of this passing is “slim-to-none,” I would repeat Glenn Reynolds channeling Buffy the Vampire Slayer here: “[home schooling is] not just for scary religious people any more.”