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Me and my Gun
foxnews.com ^ | Tuesday, November 16, 2004 | foxnews.com

Posted on 11/16/2004 11:07:11 AM PST by crushelits

Student Sues to Pose With Gun in Yearbook
CONCORD, N.H. — Where other students might pose for their senior yearbook photo with
tennis rackets or favorite cars, Blake Douglass (search) wants to be seen with his shotgun.

The 17-year-old senior filed a federal lawsuit to force Londonderry High School (search) to allow the photo and give up the policy school officials used to reject it.

"What they’re doing is basically discriminating based on content or message," said Penny Dean (search), Douglass’ lawyer and a specialist in gun cases. "You can’t do that. You might want to but you can’t — and especially you can’t with a broad policy like this."

"We want the picture in the yearbook," said Dean said after filing the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court.

The lawsuit seeks a temporary injunction so the picture can appear in the yearbook and a permanent injunction against the "pick-and-choose policy" of what photographs are published, Dean said.

The lawsuit names the Londonderry school board members, high school principal, school superintendent, town manager and school officials involved in the production of the yearbook.

An avid hunter and trap and skeet shooter, Douglass said he decided long ago on his senior photo — an outdoor shot in a sportsman’s pose, wearing a shooting vest and holding his broke-open shotgun over his shoulder.

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KEYWORDS: bang; banglist; blake; campusbias; concord; diversity; douglass; education; educrats; gun; guncontrol; liberalbias; multiculturalism; nh; nra; pc; pose; schoolbias; student; sues; yearbook
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1 posted on 11/16/2004 11:07:12 AM PST by crushelits
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To: crushelits

That young fellow has a perfect right to have his picture posted that way. He is not holding the gun in a threatening pose, but quite professionally, even, if you'll excuse the pun, disarmingly.

But I think it's standard tradition now for people not to allow it. I know local Wal-Marts won't allow you to take pictures with any weapons at all. I can understand in a public marketplace, the desire not to have any firearms in the store, but this picture is already taken. You can tell the young man is somewhat professional, and is not threatening. Give the kid his yearbook picture.


2 posted on 11/16/2004 11:10:26 AM PST by DaveLoneRanger (Knight of Gondor)
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To: crushelits

What's the problem here? I don't see anything unsafe about the way the weapon is being held. Just more gun hating leftists trying to make an issue where there is none.


3 posted on 11/16/2004 11:10:56 AM PST by AlaskaErik
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A clear example of 1st Amendment rights suppression of an expression of 2nd Amendment rights content!


4 posted on 11/16/2004 11:17:07 AM PST by kmm526161
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To: crushelits
Sue the pants off the school system! You can bet the parents that are going to be footing the bill for the school's legal fees aren't going to take this lying down.

When they start voting these fools off the School Board, they'll begin to see the fault of their ways. Until then, put the kids picture in the yearbook and get over yourself!

5 posted on 11/16/2004 11:18:27 AM PST by paulcissa (Only YOU can prevent liberalism.)
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To: crushelits

"Student Sues to Pose With "WEAPON" in Yearbook"

From my military days:

This is my weapon and this is my gun,
This is for fighting and this is for fun.


6 posted on 11/16/2004 11:19:05 AM PST by YouPosting2Me
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To: crushelits
Uh, it should be "My Gun and I". Unless of course you and your gun are the objects of the sentence then, well... you know.
7 posted on 11/16/2004 11:19:17 AM PST by Conservomax (There are no solutions, only trade-offs.)
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To: Joe Brower; MissTargets

Ping


8 posted on 11/16/2004 11:19:45 AM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: AlaskaErik

The picture looks perfectly OK to me. The lefty's for sure wouldn't like it though. The kid needs a couple of piercings. A burning U.S. flag in the background would be nice, and a couple of newly married gay fellows on a blanket having a picnic would be needed for the picture to pass the liberal school test.


9 posted on 11/16/2004 11:20:41 AM PST by skimbell
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To: crushelits

It is good to see that people are finally standing up en masse against the Leftist's plans to p*ssify America's youth. More power to this young man and his family!


10 posted on 11/16/2004 11:20:49 AM PST by Prime Choice (STFU ACLU.)
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To: crushelits

I regularly see cashiers asking 60-year-olds to show their ID before they'll sell 'em cigarettes. "Zero tolerance" just allows people to bypass brain usage and go directly to "duh".

Next they'll use "well, if we allow this kid with his gun we'll also have to allow a picture of Daryl with his crack pipe, too." A bunch of BS if ever there was any.


11 posted on 11/16/2004 11:21:28 AM PST by AmericanChef
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To: crushelits

It was alright for John Kerry to swing a shotgun around and brag while running for president so by the same token this young man should have his picture as shown, posted any place.


12 posted on 11/16/2004 11:23:57 AM PST by oyez (¡Qué viva la revolución de Reagan!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I know local Wal-Marts won't allow you to take pictures with any weapons at all. I can understand in a public marketplace, the desire not to have any firearms in the store

Does this store not sell rifles, like the other Wal-Marts I've been to?

13 posted on 11/16/2004 11:27:16 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

||Does this store not sell rifles, like the other Wal-Marts I've been to?||

Yes, and that's a good point. But I would say they probably have safety precautions set in place for firearms sales. Perhaps they take it out to your car for you? I don't know, I haven't purchased any firearms from Wal-Mart.


14 posted on 11/16/2004 11:30:49 AM PST by DaveLoneRanger (Knight of Gondor)
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To: crushelits

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE LONDONDERRY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Email these morons! Call, write, fax!

Londonderry School District:

email: dmcleod@londonderry.org
Phone: (603) 432-6920
fax: (603) 425-1049
address: 268 Mammoth Road Londonderry, NH 03053

http://schools.londonderry.org/index2.cfm


15 posted on 11/16/2004 11:31:39 AM PST by Matttheconservative (Semper Fidelis)
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To: AlaskaErik
HOPLOPHOBES!
HOPLOPHOBES!
HOPLOPHOBES!
16 posted on 11/16/2004 11:33:30 AM PST by P8riot (A gun is just a substitute for a penis, so when attacked by a mugger one should pull out a..........)
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To: crushelits

Isn't skeet shooting still an Olympic sport?


17 posted on 11/16/2004 11:34:26 AM PST by ibbryn (this tag intentionally left blank)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
That young fellow has a perfect right to have his picture posted that way.

Nonsense, he has no such right. No right to have your picture posted exists.

It's bad enough to have people trampling all over real rights without inventing rights which do not exist.

18 posted on 11/16/2004 11:37:04 AM PST by Protagoras (No wonder we have problems, big tents have lots of clowns inside)
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To: crushelits

I'm sure a high school student would know that this was going to cause all sorts of problems.


19 posted on 11/16/2004 11:38:13 AM PST by stuartcr
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To: YouPosting2Me

[snicker...]


20 posted on 11/16/2004 11:41:04 AM PST by DanTheAdmin (A blue man in a red state...)
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