Here's one reason why it's "all guns all the time": a 5-year-old boy was suspended from classes - that's kindergarten, now - for 10 days for something he brought onto his school bus. What could it have been? An annoyance to those who had to clean up behind him, like a boxful of crickets? No. Something potentially dangerous, like Dad's N2O-fueled rocket, or maybe Granddad's nitroglycerine pills for his angina? No. Something technically considered contraband under state law, such as big brother's roach clip? Nope.
No, it was a toy cap gun
, complete with that orange-plastic tip so that everyone can tell it's a toy. This 5 y.o. kid had gone to "Frontier Town" theme park, and wanted to show his buddies his cool new toy, so he sticks it in his backpack.
But it gets better. The kid was questioned, presumably by the principal, for two hours
before the boy's parents were even called. Now, of course a principal can haul kids before him and grill 'em. But if the apparatchik bent on imposing the state mandated group-think on this 5 year-old asked a single question about the family's ownership of or attitudes about guns, or whether the kid had handled guns elsewhere or if daddy had guns (and you know s/he asked these things), I hope the family sues that principal and the board and whoever would have come up with and implemented such a stupid policy, in both their official and private capacities, for everything they've got.
This isn't about a kid taking a toy to school - although it most certainly should
be, and should be handled just like times when a kid brings a transformer to school. This is about a kid, and a family, which violates the Government's instructions to think a certain way. Calvert County Maryland is trying to impose Right Thinking, that is, fear and hatred of not just firearms but toy firearms
, as if the lumps of metal and plastic were possessed of some evil spirit apart from that of the humans possessing them.
But I'm saving the best for last: the principal told the 5 year-old's mom that if the cap pistol had been "loaded" with caps, the "it would have been deemed an explosive and police would have been called in." A cap, which can be bought in literally thousands of places in Maryland, is an "explosive". Well call out the ATF, or whatever they're calling themselves today. Dear, sweet Christ, how do people keep from tarring and feathering such arrogant, officious asses? http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/cowboy-style-cap-gun-gets-5-year-old-ousted-from-school-in-calvert-county/2013/05/30/a3a8a178-c93c-11e2-9245-773c0123c027_story.html