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The Question I am Going to Ask Before Playdates

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Hi, Shorties! Gosh, what a week around here. In the wake of the school shooting in Florida, we’ve had multiple incidents in multiple area schools that have resulted in lockouts and lockdowns.

Little Tallman and Littler Tallman’s school was on lockout one afternoon, the same day as the Utica College scare, and I felt uneasy the whole time, despite my brain reminding me they were at very limited risk.

I'm going to start asking this question before playdates... www.theshortesttallman.comRegarding guns, I don’t know what the answer is and I don’t know how I feel. I hear compelling arguments on all sides. I do know one thing for sure: I don’t want my family to be involved in any tragedy involving guns.

As we try to make sense of these recent events and attempt to improve our kids’ safety, there is one thing I have considered in the past that I haven’t put into motion, and I’ve decided now is the time. Before I send my kids to a friend’s house,

I am going to start asking all of my kids’ friends’ parents if they have guns in the house, and if they do, are they safely locked away.

I live in an area where hunting is a popular sport, and I personally take no issue with it, assuming it is practiced responsibly. And, I have friends and acquaintances that do hunt responsibly. One of my favorite shows is “Alaska: The Last Frontier,” and the Kilchers always demonstrate an immense amount of respect for nature and obviously for them, hunting is vital for their survival. What a life in rural Alaska! Glad I can go to the grocery store for my meat.

So, guns are around. I can’t change that. But I can ask that simple question when I send my kids to a friend’s house: do you have guns, and if so, are they safely locked up? It will take a few ounces of courage to ask this question, no doubt about that, but it will put my mind at ease. And, please, if our kids play, feel free to ask me or Tallest Tallman the same question! If a parent asks you that question, thank them for asking. That means they want your kid to be safe, too.