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Bryan Preston


June 10, 2013 - 1:12 pm

The idiocy, it burns.

Strobridge Elementary Principal Charles Hill maintains that children who play with toy guns may not take real guns seriously.

“Playing with toys guns, saying ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ desensitizes them, so as they get older, it’s easier for them to use a real gun,” Hill said.

At Saturday’s event, called Strobridge Elementary Safety Day, a Hayward police officer will demonstrate bicycle and gun safety, and the Alameda County Fire Department is sending a rig and crew to talk about fire safety.

Fingerprinting and photographing of children will be offered, with the information put on CDs for parents to use, if needed, in a missing child case. All youngsters attending will be given a ticket to exchange for a book, Hill said.

Every child who brings a toy gun will get a raffle ticket to win one of four bicycles, Hill said.

Hill said he got the idea for the toy gun exchange from a photographer, Horace Gibson, who takes students’ school pictures and who expressed concern about the spate of shootings of young people by police in Oakland.

The part about offering photographing and fingerprinting innocent kids is a nice, totalitarian touch.

Meanwhile in the real world outside the principal’s little mind, kids who sell toys they barely play with are playing first-person shooter video games like Borderlands and Call of Duty, and gun violence is actually down over the last several years.

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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Logic dictates that they similarly ban baby dolls. After all, playing with such things trivializes unwed-motherhood and the challenges inherent in child care.
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Here's the thing that so many are missing in this - it's not just about guns, it's about the whole idea of self-defense in general that they are trying to stamp out.

A good example:

Many school systems have adopted a policy wherein both the aggressor and the victim are equally punished (suspension), and both are automatically referred to the legal system for prosecution - typically for the charge of "affray".

Since the schools have begun putting LEO's on campus, it's an easy thing to just call the cop down to the office and have him fill out paperwork on them citing them for a crime.

Remember that old advice dads use to give about how to deal with bullies (punch him in the nose when he hits you)? Well, that advice now subjects the kid to being charged criminally by the police for "affray" regardless of age.

In NC, if the kid is 15 or under, they are referred to the juvenile system, and if they are 16 or older they are automatically tossed into the adult criminal justice system.

A local news station aired a segment recently about a fight that happened at the school. You can see portions of the fight on video here:

The original video showed a lot more of what happened and has been edited down in this link, and this link is also about the kid who recorded being suspended - but you'll get at least some idea of what happened.

The full video shows the brunette yelling, then marching across the grounds to the blonde.

She grabs the blonde by the hair (which is where this particular video link starts), yanks her over the metal railing and shoves her face first into the ground.

The full video also shows the brunette starting to punch the blonde while she is laying face down on the ground.

In the meantime, the on campus cop (fashionably attired in the latest black BDU's and combat boots, shades and black ball cap) had tripped over his own two feet and was laying comatose on a walkway somewhere while the blonde is being physically assaulted.

The blonde girl - because at some point punched back at her attacker - was also charged by the cop with "affray" even though there is video clearly showing she was being attacked without provocation.

Think about it - if you as an adult are walking down the street and someone for no reason physically assaults you, you have a right to defend yourself.

These kids, unfortunately, are denied that basic right on school campuses - and what is more are being subjected at the slightest opportunity to having a criminal record.

This criminal record in turn has long term ramifications - as in this guys case:

Because he was in a scrap 45 years ago as a 19 year old, he is barred from life from ever possessing a firearm.

How many of these teenagers are going to find themselves likewise banned for a simple fistfight that happened in high school, and how is this going to affect the long term exercise of their 2nd amendment rights?

How is having a criminal record before ever graduating high school going to impact that person's long term ability to prosper?

How many of these kids will one day end up having to be on government assistance because they can't get gainful employment because they have a criminal record?

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Logic dictates that they similarly ban baby dolls. After all, playing with such things trivializes unwed-motherhood and the challenges inherent in child care.
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And don't forget little girl's tea sets. That will probably turn them into Tea Partiers.
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