The media and the Democrats treat the National Rifle Association as if it is some kind of organizational bully shamelessly forcing frail and vulnerable politicians to unwillingly obey their wishes. In the meantime, we find that their allies in the education bureaucracy are the real bullies, making young boys feel frightened and ashamed of themselves for having an interest in guns, toy guns, or even in pop tarts.
The Baltimore Sun reports,
“Criticism mounted Thursday over the gift of a National Rifle Association lifetime membership from Anne Arundel County Republicans to a boy who was suspended from school in March when he chewed a pastry into the shape of a pistol. ‘It’s outrageous that elected officials in our state who don’t have anywhere near all the facts of this situation would choose to exploit an 8-year-old child for political purposes in a stunt like this,’ Anne Arundel County schools spokesman Bob Mosier said Thursday. The night before, House of Delegates Minority Leader Nicholaus R. Kipke presented Josh Welch with the $550 membership during a Republican fundraiser that derided Maryland’s new gun law. Kipke’s tongue-in-cheek presentation involved a Pop-Tart fashioned into a gun and firearm safety tips.”
Many people criticized the presentation, including some Republicans:
“Objections also came from Republican state Sen. J.B. Jennings, a gun-rights advocate who, after Josh’s suspension, introduced legislation to limit how administrators can punish children for what Jennings described as ‘playground behavior.’ ‘We’re trying to get this off the kid’s permanent record, and this completely makes it a political issue,’ said Jennings, who represents Baltimore County and voted against Maryland’s new gun law. Jennings said Republicans were using the boy as a ‘political pawn.’”
I get Jennings concerns and I can see distrusting Kipke’s motives. But I have to assume that Josh Welch’s parents were involved and trust that they are thinking this through. We need more than legislative solutions to these issues. How often do legislative cures work the way they are supposed to? We need to push back in a public and societal way. In other words, we have to make fun of these people and marginalize their asinine rules and the intimidation tactics they use on little children in their “care.”
Remember, this didn’t start with Sandy Hook; that just made it worse. Back at the start of the school year in 2012, a deaf child was singled out by a school because his name is “Hunter.”
“Brace yourselves, because this is the dumbest thing you’ll hear all day. The Grand Island (Neb.) school district is forcing a 3-year-old deaf boy to change the way he signs his name, because they say his gestures violate their weapons policy. Preschooler Hunter Spanjer’s personalized name sign is a registered sign with Signing Exact English – a modified form of American Sign Language – and involves extended index fingers that the district says resembles a gun. (And that sound you just heard was our heads exploding from all the stupid.) ‘We are working with the parents to come to the best solution we can for the child,’ a school spokesperson said. Um, how about letting him keep his own name?”
These people are shameless. They need to be mocked and marginalized.