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Posted 31 May 2013 - 00:30

The 8-year-old Anne Arundel County boy who was suspended for biting a pastry in to the shape of a gun received a standing ovation and a lifetime membership to the National Rifle Association Wednesday night.

At a fundraiser for Anne Arundel County Republicans, House Minority Leader Nicholaus R. Kipke presented Josh Welch with the membership, which cost $550, during a tongue-in-cheek presentation that involved a Pop-Tart fashioned into pistol and gun safety tips.

Josh's March 1 suspension from Park Elementary School for chewing a pastry into the shape of a firearm captured national attention over how seriously students should be punished for such threats.

Josh, who was 7 at time he was suspended for two days, gave the NRA certificate to his parents at the Glen Burnie event and returned to playing games on a cellphone.

"Everyone keeps asking me why I did it," Josh said. "I don't know why I did it. ... I wish people would stop asking me about it. It'll probably go on for 45 years or something."

Josh said he didn't know what the NRA was or what it meant to have a membership, but chimed in when his parents were asked whether anyone else in his family belonged to the NRA.

"Nope, only me," he said.

An attorney has filed an appeal to expunge the suspension from Josh's record. Anne Arundel County schools spokesman Bob Mosier said Wednesday that he could not comment on the status of the appeal.

Josh also received an autographed photo of himself with David Keene, the immediate past president of the NRA and the keynote speaker at the fundraiser.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 00:34

That's pretty wrong on all sides.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 00:49

What a messed up world we live in.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 08:10

FYI the NRA trains and certifies most all of the US's >110,000 firearms instructors, which instruct not only hunters and private concealed carry licensees but most all security personnel and cops. Many of them are cops. It's an essential part of firearms education at all levels, and NRA certified instructors are often required by state govts.

All of our kids had NRA youth hunter training by age 10 (in Michigan kids of any age can hunt deer if directly superbised by a hunter age 21 or over).

Not to mention, the NRA was founed in England ;)

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 09:52

All of our kids had NRA youth hunter training by age 10 (in Michigan kids of any age can hunt deer if directly superbised by a hunter age 21 or over).


C'mon kids, let's go out and shoot Bambi between the eyes, just for fun.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:32

Guns are ok. why does everyone have a problem with them ? just because that once crazy person every so often does not have a gun does not mean you are any safer... an explosion can kill more then 30 bullets in a clips

and hunting? so what? I go shooting for fun... I shot the animals... I then slit their throats... or break their necks... then skin them and eat their flesh from bone... and I LOVE DOING IT ... atleast I can say I have a pair and dont need my food raised in a cage if I dont want to... people need to grow the hell up and realize guns are not the problem, people are the problem.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:57

C'mon kids, let's go out and shoot Bambi between the eyes, just for fun


Not entirely. You really need a class in wildlife management.

1) we enjoy outdoor / woods activities including hunting. Don't like it? Tough.

2) food. Venison, small game etc. are GOOD.

3) we donate at least half the deer we shoot to local food banks. 3 charities manage the process. Average is about 125+ lbs of lean meat per deer.

4) hunting / fishing license fees largely pay for the states game management programs, even for species that aren't hunted.

5) game population control. There aren't enough large predators to keep up with the deer etc. birth rate, so they overpopulate the environment, destroy a s**tload of crops, and deer cause >60,000 auto accidents a year just in Michigan. Hunting mitigates this.

6) by reducing the deer population (2+ million) hunting prevent deer famines. I've been in the winter woods after a poor deer harvest - the over-browsing causes the entire herd to starve, leaving dozens of dead deer per square mile and the rest emaciated. THAT is the real danger to Bambi.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 11:11

OK, seriously, what teacher or supervisor saw what the kid did and thought "OMG, he's going to hurt someone with that pop tart!" ??? Ugh, the stupid **** that this country does boggles my mind. Wasn't it a few weeks back that two kids got in trouble for pretending to use their pencils as guns? Or the kid who for an NRA shirt to school or something? What happened to letting kids be kids?

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 11:13

Wearing gun club T-Shirts to school isn't "kids being kids", because it's not commonplace for children to do it. It's simply another sign of the way NRA folks like to brainwash their kids into being soulless killers from a young age.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 13:09

OK, seriously, what teacher or supervisor saw what the kid did and thought "OMG, he's going to hurt someone with that pop tart!" ??? Ugh, the stupid **** that this country does boggles my mind. Wasn't it a few weeks back that two kids got in trouble for pretending to use their pencils as guns? Or the kid who for an NRA shirt to school or something? What happened to letting kids be kids?


Yes, makes you question the qualifications of people who are 'teachers'.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 13:15

C'mon kids, let's go out and shoot Bambi between the eyes, just for fun.


Not until deer season you don't. And you need a license for that too, you know.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 13:23

Wearing gun club T-Shirts to school isn't "kids being kids", because it's not commonplace for children to do it.


Maybe in some places, but an NRA, Smith & Wesson etc. T-shirt in most of the country would be deemed cool.

It's simply another sign of the way NRA folks like to brainwash their kids into being soulless killers from a young age.


Ridiculous. The vast majority of "killers" are either mentally ill (often schizophrenic etc.) or drug gang-bangers. 1%'ers if that. You don't punish 99% of drivers for the 1% that are reckless, you punish those the offenders. Same should apply here, minus the fear montering by you anti-whatever propagandists.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 14:12

Maybe in some places, but an NRA, Smith & Wesson etc. T-shirt in most of the country would be deemed cool.


A sign of your gun culture not normal child's behaviour. Normal children aren't programmed to kill. Also, I think actually the "Kill first ask questions later" attitude I've seen you display several times here kinda proves my point.

Also, most killers are not mentally ill, mental illness defences rarely seem to work in court.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 14:57

Recruiting kids is the lowest form of brainwashing possible. Gett'em while they are young!

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 15:01

"gave the NRA certificate to his parents at the Glen Burnie event and returned to playing games on a cellphone."

Appears the brainwashing failed.