April 17, 2014

Killing Two Amendments With One Stone

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By: Amy Lutz

I enjoy the 1st and 2nd amendments. I like to wave at them as they pass by.

It’s no secret that the Obama administration and the progressive agenda are chipping away at our 1st and 2nd amendment rights. However, you rarely see a day when both amendments are threatened within one news story. Well, congrats, today is that day.

According to National Review, in April, 8th grader (Let me repeat, 8TH GRADER), Jared Marcum was arrested after refusing to remove his NRA t-shirt. After he refused to comply with the order, the police were called and Marcum was charged with “disrupting the educational process and obstructing an officer.”

Here’s the kicker. Jared Marcum wasn’t given a mere slap on the wrist. No, he’s facing a $500 fine or a YEAR in jail if convicted. Most 13-year-old boys spend their time talking about girls and video games. Jared Marcum’s prepping his defense for his July 11th court appearance.

So instead of a patriotic response, or a pat on the back, standing for the 2nd amendment could possibly land one in jail. It’s a T-SHIRT for crying out loud. It’s not as if Marcum brought a loaded AK-47 to school (which he would have every right to do provided he grew up a few years and his school allowed campus carry). Sure, some schools have a dress code (I went to a private, Catholic school, I understand). Logan Middle School, where Marcum attends, does indeed have a dress code, but nowhere among the guidelines does it state that this shirt he was arrested for wearing was against the rules. Google “logan middle school handbook,” if you want the entire text.

What we have here is a blatant overreaction to a student’s First Amendment right to express his support of the Second Amendment. The issue here isn’t that the school wouldn’t let him wear the shirt. Heck, when I was in elementary school, wearing nail polish was a mortal sin. The real problem is that this 8th grade boy faces a YEAR in prison (provided the case isn’t dismissed), simply because he wore a non-threatening t-shirt expressing his support of the NRA. Why in the world were the police involved in the first place? Unless Marcum was blatantly disruptive or rude, even a suspension would be excessive, but an arrest? Come on.

While I understand that emotions are still raw from the Sandy Hook shootings as well as other tragedies that have occurred in the past year, I still don’t understand the anti-gun hysteria. By our current standards, if anything (i.e. a pop tart, a hand signal) even looks like a gun, all hell breaks loose. According to our current culture, guns are evil, guns are only used for devious means, and guns magically turn average Americans into machine gun-wielding killers. Forget the millions of lives saved by firearms. Come on. If that’s the culture, then the culture has to change.


Killing Two Amendments With One Stone

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