Yesterday, a Utah sixth grader brought a gun to school to protect himself from a Newtown-esque mass shooting, or so he claimed. He brandished the weapon in front of some friends at recess, as gun-toting 11-year-olds are wont do, and, pointed it at a girl’s head and threatened to kill her (according to one report.)
The boy has been detained on assault and weapons charges, but considering that most states want to arm teachers, and lunatic libertarians like Megan McArdle want to train students to bum-rush assailants, I say this kid was just being enterprising (minus all the “threatening to kill little girls” part.)
It’s not like we have a problem with gun culture in this country, if that’s what you’re wondering. This kid was simply holding it down until Utah comes to its senses and joins the ranks of States That Want to Turn Elementary School into Militarized Zones™.
Sure, it sounds like things might have gotten a little out of hand at recess, what with the brandishing of the gun and the threatening to kill people, but what’s an 11-year-old boy to do? These things happen.
An 11-year-old Utah boy who said he brought a gun to school to protect himself from a Newtown-style attack, then brandished the pistol at three classmates during recess, has been detained on assault and weapons charges, a school spokesman said on Tuesday.
The boy, a Utah sixth-grader, took the unloaded .22-caliber handgun to his school south of Salt Lake City in his backpack on Monday, a spokesman for the Granite School District said.
Some ammunition was also found in the backpack, but it did not appear to go with the gun, said the spokesman, Ben Horsley.
The 11-year-old student at Utah’s West Kearns Elementary, who was not publicly identified, has insisted he brought the gun to school to “protect himself and his friends from a Connecticut-style incident,” Horsley said.
However, the boy is accused of waving the gun at three classmates on a soccer field during recess. Later on Monday, one of those students and a second classmate alerted their teacher, who “immediately took the student into custody and took him down to the principal’s office,” Horsley said.
Wonderful. Kids are bringing guns to school because they think they need it for protection. And instead of practical solution, Republican and libertarian wackaloons are advocating doing away with gun-free school zones, arming teachers (oh hai Tennessee Rep. Frank Niceley (R-Rambo)); arming more teachers (take a bow, Minnesota Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Sweet Stache)); and introducing sensible gun control legis- — just kidding — arming teachers some more, because it’s the only way (here’s looking at you, Oklahoma Rep. Mike McCullough (R-Lock ‘n Load)).
I give up.
[cross-posted at ABLC]