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A Gun Out of a Mountain Out of a Molehill
Townhall.com ^ | March 3, 2013 | Paul Jacob

Posted on 03/03/2013 5:20:22 AM PST by Kaslin

When I was a kid, my parents made pancakes in various shapes: Clowns, wagons, Mickey Mouse.

My mother may have made a gun-shaped pancake for me once. If not, certainly my father did.

According to the latest “thinking” amongst “educators,” that gun-shaped pancake was child abuse.

And they should know. They are in the child abuse business.

The latest nonsense from our public school establishment is a certain hysterical over-reaction to guns. Not violence as such, but the mere image of guns. Take the recent case of a 7-year-old Maryland lad named Joshua, who, according to a Fox affiliate,

was suspended this morning from Park Elementary School in Brooklyn Park. Joshua says he was eating a pastry during snack time and trying to shape it into a mountain, the teacher said it looked like a gun and took him to the principal's office. Joshua’s parents were called, he has been suspended for two days. Joshua's father says it’s ridiculous since no one was threatened or harmed by the pastry.

Now, I don’t know just how truthful young Joshua is, in this case. There’s every chance that the youngster has been so hounded by the hysterical adults in charge of his “education” that he’d say anything to get out of the dread responsibility for making a gun-shaped pastry.

And yes, that I could write the above sentence with a straight face shows just how crazy things have gotten.

How crazy?

“In schools,” the Washington Post headline warned, a few weeks back, “a pointed finger or a toy gun can spell trouble.” The front-page feature detailed a far too extensive and growing list of zero tolerance, zero commonsense punishments meted out to children as young as five at various “educational” institutions.

A ten-year old boy in Alexandria, Virginia, showed kids on the bus his new toy gun, which sported a bright orange tip to let even the most dense person know its essential toyness. Police arrested him the next day.

His mother points out that her son did not threaten anyone. Or pretend to. Nevertheless, he has been “fingerprinted and photographed,” writes the Post. “He now has a probation officer, lawyers and another court date.”

In my Virginia county, Prince William, an 8-year-old boy contorted his hand and fingers into an apparently loaded pistol and through insidious manipulation of his mouth and lips may have imitated the sound of firing hot lead at a classmate, while said classmate was, in an evil orgy of violence, simultaneously pretending to be shooting arrows from an invisible bow.

The finger-slinger was suspended for “threatening to harm self or others.” He did neither, of course, but his offense is equivalent to having waved a loaded gun. (No word on the whereabouts of the silent-but-deadly pantomime archer.)

A five-year-old girl was interrogated by three school staff members, summarily found guilty of issuing a “terroristic threat,” and suspended for ten days for allegedly attempting to murder her friend and then commit suicide. She offered to unload her weapon all over her friend and herself. The weapon? A Hello Kitty gun, which fires bubbles.

The Post suggests the schools are jumpy after the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. But this zero tolerance insanity didn’t begin last December.

My grandson was suspended from his public school more than a year ago. He was six and playfully shot his finger at several fellow students.

Educators, who long ago abandoned the distinction between play and reality, must have been shocked at the lack of fatalities.

Discussing this in my daily Common Sense column, I asked: “Does the crusade against crime really require public institutions to reject, utterly, common sense?”

But there are other issues looming here, too.

This anathemization of gun images is not merely part of the fight against gun violence. It looks like indoctrination against guns themselves, and perhaps even the Second Amendment.

Further, it rubs up against the grain of an elementary distinction, a distinction that kids learn quickly, but our “educators” have apparently forgotten: the above-mentioned distinction between reality and play.

These educators, who have been to college and taken courses in psychology, must realize that play, along with laughter and fiction (which includes tragedy as well as comedy, and hybrid arts that Polonius famously listed), is what people — including youngsters — engage in to cope with the stress of violence and . . . tyranny . . . and absurdity.

Like the tyranny and absuridty presented by stern adults who see icons of weapons in half-chewn pastries.

No issue shows the utter poverty of thought in modern public education than this insane war on fun, fantasy, fingers and fake guns.

Thankfully, most kids are probably learning a different story than the one taught. They are getting their first lesson on the need to question authority.   [further reading]


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: banglist; childsuspended; education; guncontrol; gunhysteria; liberallunacy; schoolgunhysteria; schools; secondamendment; studentsuspended; zerotolerance

1 posted on 03/03/2013 5:20:27 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Now what would the response have been if he said he was making a dildo (assuming he even knew the word) instead?
2 posted on 03/03/2013 5:32:35 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Kaslin
Why don't these parents sue the teacher for child endangerment ?

What is more dangerous;
A child with a picture of a gun or an alleged adult, with charge and control over 30 little human beings susceptible to every whim and fancy of influence, thinking a picture is dangerous or harmful ?

I can draw a gun and you can destroy 30 intellects
I can play and recreate and you can wage real warfare
I am innocent and you are intentional

SOMEone make the case.

3 posted on 03/03/2013 5:42:04 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Kaslin

Ya know, it brings to mind that there is another murderous blood cult that flies into actual deadly rioting at the mere cartoon depiction of their infamous leader. Maybe these folks are just imitating their heros.


4 posted on 03/03/2013 5:43:42 AM PST by infool7 (The ugly truth is just a big lie.)
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To: Truth29

The kids in my class make paper guns all the time. The only time it is a problem is when they are doing it while I am teaching. During their free time they can make them to their hearts content. Amazingly, no one has thus far been shot. My principal would laugh me out of the room if I was to become all hysterical about toy or pretend guns. Here is the big disclaimer though. I teach in Texas.


5 posted on 03/03/2013 5:49:44 AM PST by gop4lyf (Are we no longer in that awkward time? Or is it still too early?)
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To: Kaslin
The question these "no pictures of guns" idiots need to be asked is "Do you ban Massachusetts quarters?".


6 posted on 03/03/2013 6:06:18 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

It’s commonly known as “Brain Washing”. Public schools spend more time with our kids that families do and are SUPPOSED to be role models, etc. If my kids were still young, they would be home schooled or some type of military academy that teaches, not brain washes.

I believe our teachers (there are still some good ones out there) have been sooooooo brainwashed themselves, you clould have told them green was red while they were in college and they would have believe you.


7 posted on 03/03/2013 6:10:25 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Progov

As a followup to my previous post (about teachers being brain washed) I have a teacher friend that is Soooooooooooo gulible, and shes been teaching for almost 35 years, who told me she had read in a school type “Weekly Reader”(remember those?) that the glaciers were melting due to global warming and that she wanted to go back to visit Alaska before all the glaciers were gone. She was SERIOUS!

Now that is BRAIN WASHING at it’s finest.


8 posted on 03/03/2013 6:19:41 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Kaslin

my highschooler made a trebuchet for a science project and got an A


9 posted on 03/03/2013 6:19:51 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Truth29

Oh yeah, if he was making a “sex toy” that would have been just peachy, I’m sure. However, these maroons need to know that sex for married people only. Kids and those not married are not to be procreating or sticking their anatomy in places just cos it feels “good”.


10 posted on 03/03/2013 6:22:06 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: DuncanWaring

People now think you can get arrested for putting a pic of yourself with a rifle on facebook


11 posted on 03/03/2013 6:24:17 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Progov

My niece would not even SAY “gun”. Someone taught her it’s a bad word.


12 posted on 03/03/2013 6:29:17 AM PST by ctdonath2 (3% of the population perpetrates >50% of homicides...but gun control advocates blame metal boxes.)
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To: Kaslin

If it wasn’t for free men taking up arms to defeat, rid, and then create a great nation that now provides the opportunity for these teachers to have the privilege of deciding what career field they want in their pathetic lives — makes me wonder if they actually take in the full context of what they say compared to the overall history of the US.


13 posted on 03/03/2013 6:39:27 AM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: Kaslin
This anathemization of gun images is not merely part of the fight against gun violence. It looks like indoctrination against guns themselves, and perhaps even the Second Amendment.

In another generation, what's called "liberalism" today will be widely regarded as every bit as morally and intellectually repugnant as George Wallace's segregation. The only question in my mind is how many millions of Americans "liberalism" will have to murder in cold blood before the obvious facts overwhelm the propaganda.

14 posted on 03/03/2013 6:50:28 AM PST by Standing Wolf
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To: Progov
It’s commonly known as “Brain Washing”. Public schools spend more time with our kids that families do and are SUPPOSED to be role models, etc. If my kids were still young, they would be home schooled or some type of military academy that teaches, not brain washes.

I also believe that they are within a generation or two of making the Freedoms we grew up under to be seditious folklore. Not long from now, there won't be enough of the People who understood and loved the Freedoms that elicited our patriotism. It's the game plan and it has been played out relentlessly while we sit back and watch.

15 posted on 03/03/2013 7:17:10 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: trebb

“I also believe that they are within a generation or two of making the Freedoms we grew up under to be seditious folklore”

A chillingly cogent thought.


16 posted on 03/03/2013 9:10:24 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: gop4lyf

Good for you and your principal!! It gives me some hope.


17 posted on 03/03/2013 9:11:24 AM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: Standing Wolf

What we called liberalism is doing VASTLY more harm than was done by segregation. George Wallace went to a church full of black people and asked them to forgive him for what he had done. Does anyone think today’s liberals will ever acknowledge their wrongdoing and ask forgiveness? I certainly don’t expect to ever witness that.

Those of us who have not been brainwashed have an obligation to condemn this insanity at every opportunity. I am not willing to remain silent when people spout insanity, I will denounce it even if I am the only one left to do so.
Any “friends” I may lose in this way were never real friends in the first place.


18 posted on 03/03/2013 9:46:18 AM PST by RipSawyer
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To: Kaslin

Yuri Bezmenov made the case for the existence of KGB “active measures” with the first step in engineering the downfall and takeover of a country being the “demoralization” of the culture, to make even simple concepts such as self defense to be wrong, among others such as patriotism and a sense of national pride.
We are far beyond the demoralization phase of the KGB program.


19 posted on 03/03/2013 9:55:00 AM PST by Wildbill22 (They have us surrounded again, the poor bastards- Gen Creighton Williams Abrams)
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To: Truth29; All

The teachers might have become sexually aroused to the point of pursuing a relationship with such an adept young man...Capable of creating such a phallic representation in a pastry...

The best of both worlds for some teachers these days...

Liberals are mentally stunted, and yet why did most people vote for them???

And keep voting for them???

The other question is why, if fly-over country is mostly conservative, why are we not getting the vote out and beating these petulent children into the ground???


20 posted on 03/03/2013 11:21:34 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: trebb

IIRC this all leads back to the communist goals as read into the Congressional Register back in 1963.


21 posted on 03/03/2013 11:38:55 AM PST by 2CAVTrooper (Slaving away so obama supporting deadbeats can play)
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