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March 4, 2013 - 9:03 am

Airsoft BB guns are not real guns. Photos of airsoft guns are not real guns. Some teachers, though, are hysterical idiots. Tony Katz has the story on his web site:

[Joseph C.] Phillips, best known for his role as Lt. Martin Kendall on The Cosby Show, lives with his wife and three sons in the San Fernando Valley. In addition to being a regular fill-in host for Larry Elder on KABC radio in Los Angeles, he owns Daddy J’s Wingshack, where his 15-year-old son works and earned the money for an Airsoft bb gun. Last week his son brought a digital camera to school to show his friends a picture of the Airsoft.

On my radio show Saturday, Phillips explained that as his son was showing off the single photo, his Social Studies teacher, a Mr. James DeLarme, walked by. As his son described the incident, DeLarme “snatched” the camera out of his hand and asked him about the photo. When his son explained that it was a picture of an Airsoft bb gun, DeLarme declared the police would have to be notified and promptly left the room to confer with another teacher. The two teachers scrolled through all the photos on the camera, finally handing it back to the boy. Then, in front of all the students, DeLarme asked him, “Do you have any animosity towards your classmates?” and “Are you angry at anyone at school?”

The school reportedly never even notified the parents that a teacher had snatched the student’s property, rifled through his photos and threatened him with police action. The teacher involved has a history of anti-firearm (but not anti-airsoft gun) activism, but evidently doesn’t know a real gun from a toy. The school backed the teacher.

Common sense is dying in this country.

I understand having a snap reaction to seeing what looks like a photo of a gun. Some BB guns are built to look like the real thing, but even an informed glance at a photo of one should be enough for a knowledgeable person to figure out that they’re not looking at a real firearm. What we don’t seem to have are enough people who know the first thing about firearms, in positions of power over our kids.

Is it too much to ask that our educators have some real-world education?

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Mr. Phillips’ characterization of what happened to his son in that classroom is TOTALLY FALSE. Virtually none of his statements are true. This is a popular teacher who is well-liked by majority of his students. He NEVER threatened Mr. Phillips’ son, nor did he punish the student in ANY way. Mr. Phillips’ son had his cellphone turned on in class, which violated a rule. The teacher could have taken the phone away and required Mr. Phillips to come to the school the next day to pick it up from the Dean’s Office. But he didn’t do that. The kids in this class, with the exception of Mr. Phillips’ son, are furious about the way their teacher is being portrayed and the kind of unfair and mean-spirited things that are being said about him on websites like this one. Mr. Katz gave Mr. Phillips a soap box from which he could spew his lies, never bothering to ask Mr. Phillips if he ever actually spoke with the teacher to find out what happened. This incident had NOTHING to do with BB guns or the 2nd amendment. It had to do with a student using his cellphone while class was in session. Some of you people who are jumping on this absurd bandwagon should take the time to learn the facts before you start hurling juvenile, hateful accusations at a teacher whom NONE of you has ever met. Mr. Phillips needs to get some therapy as soon as possible. And, Mr. Katz needs to set the record straight.
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From climate hysteria to anti-gun hysteria, liberal fools are just hysterical. It would be funny were it not so pathetic.
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If Mr. Phillips and his son really wanted to make an issue of this and shut the teacher and the school up, they should have cried "racism."
1 year ago
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No culture which ever existed can survive such idiocy, and in America it has been mainstreamed and institutionalized. The man is a "teacher." May as well drag a log out of a swamp, put moss on the top and dolls eyeballs on it - ya got yer "teacher."

The next story I expect to hear about this teacher is that he tried to drive off in a mural of a car painted on the side of a building and crashed onto a mural of a school bus. We could easily eliminate such people by painting tunnel entrances on freeway underpasses. Problem solved.
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Ridiculousness aside, this is a great example of choosing your state carefully. Am I surprised this happened in California? Nope. The same could happen in NJ, NY, Oregon, Washington, Maryland, Illinois, Delaware, etc. Probably wouldn't happen in Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, N. Florida, etc. Protest by leaving.
1 year ago
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Actually, it could happen in TX, especially El Paso, Houston, or Austin. The constant is pubic screwel. Any parent who sends a child there, especially a boy, is guilty of child neglect at the least.
1 year ago
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You lost me at "it wasn't a picture of a real gun". So what if it was? What if, for example, the kid had a.... a NEWSPAPER with pictures from horrible, terrible places where police and the army have guns. What if the kid had a real gun at home? What if he was an Olympic shooter and had 12 guns at home? So what?
1 year ago
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To quote Instapundit, Tar. Feathers. Now.
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"I understand having a snap reaction to seeing what looks like a photo of a gun."

I kind of don't.

I'm a farm boy who's been living in Chicago the last half of my life (to date), unfortunately (I'm 52). And I still don't understand urban yokels.
1 year ago
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I wouldn't dwell too much on the airsoft fact. It adds a bit but none the less its perfectly legal for the student to go shooting with a real gun with his family. Having a picture of it would be no cause for being mistreated like that.


In so far as this has become something of a civil rights issue with hysterial idiots on the other side we might need to do our own freedom ride. Have some volunteer students go to school with pictures of themselves at the shooting range to show to schoolmates. When the crazy response comes sue everyone involved. School district, teachers (personally), administrators (personally), responding police dept (if they pile on to the insanity), officers (personally), et cetera.


Keep doing it until it stops..... even worms are smart enough to learn to avoid pain.. so it might work even with these fools.
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