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Free the Children! [IS]

June 4, 2015

I think many of today’s parents are too overprotective. Yes there are child molesters out there, and we as a society have to do our best to protect children. (That’s why I’ve written legislation to protect children in foster care and boot camps. And I’ve also written laws to protect victims of domestic violence.)
But we also need to let children feel free enough to go outside and play, to explore the creek and try to catch that frog, even it means coming home crying with a skinned knee. In my opinion, it builds character to give our kids a wee bit more freedom and let them learn the lessons of life. I rode my bicycle around my neighborhood when I was 10 years old. And one time, I took a good tumble. It hurt! And the next time, I didn’t ride quite so fast down the hill.
And I really don’t think police should be scooping up our children and holding them for five hours without calling their parents. How about walking the kids home instead? Not all parents are good parents, and molestations unfortunately are more likely to happen to children from people they know than complete strangers. But I don’t think allowing your children to play in the park on a sunny day two blocks from home should be a case of criminal neglect.

What Do You Want from your State Representative? [IS]

June 3, 2015

Do you know who your state representative is? It’s ok if you don’t, most people are the same way. As I currently run my campaign for state delegate, I ask callers and the audience to think about what state and local issues affect them most.
In the largest free focus group I’ve ever assembled 😉 I want to know what would get you to the polls in June.
One caller from Washington State called in stating that he would like to see changes made to the post office. Another caller from New York said that he wanted to see the distribution of medical marijuana in the state clarified.
What about you?

Misplaced Guns in the Nation's Capitol [IS]

June 2, 2015

I discuss the astounding fact that three separate Glock handguns have been left behind by accident by Congressional Security personnel in our Nation’s Capitol this year.
• When a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) security detail left his Glock and magazine stuffed in the toilet seat cover of a Capitol Visitor Center bathroom stall, a CVC worker found the gun on January 29th of this year
• A 7- or 8-year-old child visiting the Capitol with his parents found a loaded Glock lost by a dignitary protection officer. A member of the security detail for Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) allegedly left the firearm in the bathroom of the speaker’s suite on March 24th of 2015
• A third Glock was found the night of April 16th this year by a janitor cleaning the Capitol Police HQ building on D St NE. The weapon was left in plain sight. House Rules chair Peter Sessions (R-TX) said he wanted Capitol Police to “retrain everyone that carries a gun”
• Unlike a gun with a traditional safety, a Glock will fire if the trigger is pulled – (could have been nasty for the little boy). A report obtained by CQ Roll Call showed the Office of Professional Responsibility recommended six days suspension without pay for the officer in the 29 Jan incident. The latter two incidents are still under investigation
The details above are courtesy of Victoria Jones at TalkRadioNews.com and RollCall.com.

College for America’s Undocumented Immigrants? Absolutely! [IS]

June 1, 2015

I’m joined by Zenen Jaimes Pérez, Senior Policy Analyst for Generation Progress at Center for American Progress.
We discuss whether undocumented students in America have a right to go to college at the same rates as citizens.

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