If you are the parent of a school-age child, you must be thinking today about what you should do to protect that child if, God forbid, some crazy nut might crash into your child’s school with a gun and start shooting the place to smithereens.

              So, here are three things you might consider to keep your kid safe and sound.

              First, you might want to home-school your child, which is obviously the most basic way to avoid dangerous threats in any public space. We don’t know for sure, but the estimates for the number of children in what is referred to as parent-directed, home-based education is somewhere around 1.5 to 1.8 million, a number which apparently had been growing over the last decade.

              Obviously, the home-schooled population included nearly all school-age children during the worst part of the Pandemic years, and this was a national response to the fear of kids being infected with Covid-19 until the virus was more or less brought under control.

              But the home school ‘movement, as it is known, is more about keeping your kid’s brain free from all those noxious (read: liberal) ideas like gender-free bathrooms, critical race theory, gun control and all those other attempts to break down the traditions and values that use to make America – great!

              Okay. So now you have your kid at home but there’s still the question of personal protection in case one of those evil people, as Donald Trump called them in his NRA speech, tries to break into your home.

              My advice is go out today and buy an AR-15 or some other assault rifle because if Joe and the rest of the tree-hugging crowd have their way, you won’t be able to get your hands on an assault rifle pretty soon. Even some of the Republicans are waffling on this one a little bit, so don’t waste another minute and don’t forget to stock up on ammunition and a couple of 40-shot mags.

              Let’s face it. You’re not going to blast a hole in the head of a bad guy with just one shot. You need to pull the trigger until he’s not standing on your porch any more.  And if one of the rounds you fire misses its mark and goes through the head of a neighbor across the street, you were just doing what God says you should always be allowed to do, which is defend yourself, your family and your home with deadly force.

              So now we have your child safe at home and being protected by you or maybe your wife sitting in the Lazy-Boy with an AR-15. But what if even in that situation, some evil person is able to get into your house and doesn’t kill anyone but manages to get off a round or two and injures someone inside your home?

              It just so happens that today is the last day of – ready? – National STOP THE BLEED Month. Only in the United States could we actually celebrate a month devoted to buying and then, if necessary, using a medical kit which can keep someone alive even when they have a bullet that tore through their body or is still sitting in their arm, their leg, or even their head.

              You can buy one of these kits for as low as $38 bucks. And if you think these kits aren’t exactly what you need to complete your home-based protection strategy, you should know that the kits are endorsed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) along with some of their affiliated groups.

              Now the fact that a bunch of physicians are making a buck for themselves by promoting this kind of nonsense, which is just another riff on how the gun industry has been promoting assault rifles through ramping up our worries and fear about mass shootings, is not just disgusting but should stop right now.

              The physicians who continue to support the ACS are just as despicable as the doctors who did TV ads back in the 1950’s promoting the sale of Lucky Strike cigarettes.

              Want to protect your children and yourself from someone blasting away with an AR-15? The Congress should do what the town of Highland Park did in 2013 when it passed a law which said that you couldn’t own an assault rifle and live in that town. And the ban was upheld by the Supreme Court.

              I have no problem with anyone who wants to own an AR-15. You can buy a nice, one-bedroom condo in Aruba for two hundred grand.