“Gun-owning foster parents to fight DFS removal of kids,” KSNV News3LV, Las Vegas, reported. Awakened by the screaming of angry neighbors on their property, Kristi Beber called the police as her husband Rod retrieved his gun – just in case the police did not arrive in time and they needed to protect themselves and the children they care for . . .
Fortunately, a defensive gun use was not required that night. Police were able to defuse the situation and merely take a report. Unfortunately for the Bebers, repercussions from the incident were hardly over for them – they were just beginning.
Despite having responsibly and safely cared for “’over a hundred’ children over the years,” the Department of Family Services pulled the Bebers’ license to provide foster care. They said Rod’s reaction “’did not describe an adult exercising sound judgment,’ [a]nd … cited a law that forbids any foster parent from having a loaded firearm in their home, regardless of the situation.”
The law has since been changed, and that happened In June, after the incident, which occurred in April, but before the license revocation, which happened in July. As such, the Bebers plan to challenge the revocation.
Left unsaid is who made the determination that Beber’s actions did not exhibit sound adult judgment. It’s certainly in the public’s interest, and in the interest of children placed in the foster care system, to know the qualifications of the bureaucrat making such an irresponsibly ignorant and prejudiced judgement. Among other things, the absence of any relevant education and credentials in gun use and safety would demonstrate they don’t know what the hell they’re talking about, and are just doing what incompetent kneejerk hoplophobe are wont to do – abusing their authority and inflicting themselves on others because they can get away with it.
This appears to be yet another in a never-ending list of examples demonstrating that for “progressives,” every day is Opposite Day. The whole object of child protective services is to protect children, and of family services to serve families. In this case, the tax-feeding bureaucrats would clearly rather see children killed than protected by foster parents with a gun, and they’d rather see children institutionalized in state facilities than have the opportunity to live in a nurturing home environment.
That’s especially ironic seeing as how the state’s leading Democrat, Harry Reid, was called “a true champion of the Second Amendment” by none other than NRA’s Wayne LaPierre, and how Reid capitalized on that at the opening ceremony for the Clark County Shooting Park. Based on the DFS opinion issued in the Beber case, neither Reid nor anyone who uses that facility is qualified to be a foster parent. Neither would Reid’s grandmother have been, as, when he was a boy, she knowingly allowed him unsupervised use of a rifle to bag rabbits for stew.
Nowadays, it seems more often than not that a young Harry would be lucky to survive the SWAT experience.