House passes bill blocking schools from asking about gun ownership

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  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 11, 2014 10:27 a.m.

    I think the legislative session is too long. There's not enough time to work on important issues like Medicaid reform, but plenty of time for this.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    March 11, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    Children indoctrinated by a Nazi education program were also encouraged to inform their teachers if their parents made disparaging comments about Hitler.

    I had the experience of my grade school son coming home and chastising me about electricity use and running water in the sink to long. Now where did he get that idea?

    A survey from a Maryland school district asked questions like: What’s your religion? Your sexual orientation? Your parents’ political affiliation? How do you feel about Obama-care? Would you feel the same way about Obama if he were white?

    And we should never worry, and be happy. No government would ever use the children to spy on their parents. Right?

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 11, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    @ Steve C

    Perhaps the VA is asking the question as part of a suicide screening? A gun in the home is far more likely to be used in a suicide or suicide attempt than for actual protection. A patient with a poor mental state and a house full of guns is a recipe for disaster.

    There's a chance that the question is nefarious or "big brother" in it's attempt to find out.

  • Steve C, American Citizen Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    This Bill is needed, 3 year's ago at my daughter's exam for the school year her pediatrician's nurse asked the question "are there any gun's in your house"
    My wife replied that that was none of their business and the nurse did not want to continue until that question was answered she said that it was required.
    We have been seeing the same pediatrician for over 25 years with all our daughters and after we told him about this and that we would be looking for a new Doctor he explained that this is a new info gathering of info decreed by the current Administration and is being taught in Nurse's college but is NOT LAW YET... He also said that it would not happen again
    It is also happening at the Veterans Administration Hospitals they are looking for Terrorists I guess
    What's next? Do your Parents have disagreement's??? Do they make you eat Brussels sprouts?
    No if I have Firearms in my home it is My Business not yours, the School Districts or the government's

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    March 11, 2014 7:56 a.m.

    "Well, if you are ashamed of what you are doing, I can see why you would not want folks to know."

    Mcclark is correct -- we should make sure we seek out every person who owns a weapon, put them on a list, and remind the public that those on the list are dangerous and should be ashamed. After all, those who believe in self-defense have too much "hope" that an armed citizenry is the best defense against those who seek to harm us. They simply don't understand that a powerful government is our best defense, not "hope" that we can protect ourselves.

    In the words of our new progressive hero, President Snow, hope "is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. Spark is fine, as long as it's contained...This is how we safeguard our future."

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    March 11, 2014 5:37 a.m.

    "Someone must have had planned to ask the kids if there were guns in the home."

    That would be a logical assumption. That is the only reason that a law such as this would make any sense. But is it true? Is there any evidence to support this notion? I have not seen any.

    Then, based on your assumption, you conclude

    "It is sad that this bill is needed, but it is. There are those who will stop at nothing in trying to take away the right to bear arms."

    Is this bill needed? I don't know. And it appears that you don't either.

    Remember what they say about "assume"

  • intervention slc, UT
    March 10, 2014 10:22 p.m.

    So we have gone from message bills to making laws to address no existent problems? Sad when this almost seems like a step forward. Maybe someday our representives will actually focus on things that actually affect their constituents, well maybe, I guess we can hope.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    March 10, 2014 9:34 p.m.

    Someone must have had planned to ask the kids if there were guns in the home. It would be very misguided to peak grade school kids' interest in guns by asking them such a question.

    Owning a gun is a constitutional right. It should never require any kind of reporting, and no one should be using our kids to make a gun registry.

    It is sad that this bill is needed, but it is. There are those who will stop at nothing in trying to take away the right to bear arms.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    March 10, 2014 8:52 p.m.

    So, the bill bans something that was not happening with no reason to think it would happen.

    Looks like another solution looking for a problem.

  • Ett Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2014 8:40 p.m.

    Thank you Ms. Layton. Despite the misguided first post, it's not a matter of being "ashamed." It's a matter privacy. It's also a matter that isn't any of the school's business to begin with. This bill is the veritable ounce of prevention that will be more valuable than a pound of cure.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2014 4:09 p.m.

    Well, if you are ashamed of what you are doing, I can see why you would not want folks to know.