Friday, February 12, 2010

Fourth-Grader nearly suspended for taking machine gun to school

A Staten Island fourth grader was nearly suspended for taking a machine gun to school. A two-inch plastic replica belonging to a LEGO policeman.

Nine year-old Patrick Timoney was playing with the LEGO toys with his friends in the school's lunchroom when the principal saw the toy gun and took him to her office to begin the suspension process. After calling the child's parents (his father is a retired police officer which is why Patrick liked the toy), common sense eventually prevailed over zero tolerance and little Patrick was set free. The gun was confiscated, presumably to be destroyed in a blast furnace.

The New York Department of Education backed the principle and said there was "cause for concern."

This story joins countless others we've hear about kids getting in trouble for plastic butter knives and guns printed on t-shirts. Supporters of such zero-tolerance policies claim they are in place to keep kids safe, but the truth is that there is an agenda at work.

All through school children are bombarded with messages that all weapons, especially guns, are bad, that people who carry guns are only up to no good, and if the Second Amendment is mentioned at all in school curriculum it is only in passing and dismissed as outdated. The propaganda is designed to instill a dislike for guns at an early age in order to progressively remove resistance to eroding gun rights. Repeat a lie often enough and people, especially kids, will begin to believe it. The end goal is to be able to one day repeal the Second Amendment with little resistance.

We're at a crossroads right now. Support for gun rights in this country is at its highest in decades. It is up to the parents to find out what their children are being taught and to put a stop to the propaganda before it is too late.


CA: Man found not guilty of gun charge: "Sutter County jurors on Thursday found a Yuba City man not guilty of negligently discharging a firearm before a standoff with police at his home. Martin Anthony Galindo, 61, who has been in custody since the Nov. 21 incident in the 900 block of Shasta Street, was found guilty of resisting arrest and will be sentenced March 22, said Deputy District Attorney Brett Wasley. Yuba City police, including a SWAT team, surrounded the house for more than two hours before Galindo surrendered. After a "lively debate" lasting about four hours, jurors also found Galindo guilty of violating terms of probation imposed after a 2008 conviction for carrying a loaded gun in public, said Wasley. Jurors indicated in interviews after the trial that they accepted Galindo's testimony about firing in self-defense when a man threatened him, apparently with a screwdriver, in his back yard. Police were called shortly after 1 p.m. when neighbors heard the shot. Officers gathered behind patrol cars, pointing rifles and handguns at the house, and used a public address system to try and talk Galindo out. Galindo emerged barefoot about 3:50 p.m. as SWAT officers approached the door of the small white house with a battering ram."

FL: Assault stopped with gun: "Forty-one-year-old James Cashin is in jail tonight for allegedly punching another man in the head during an argument. Kurt Hartman says he was hit while taking Gus for an early morning walk. "Their dog was running loose, no collar, no leash, no nothing," said Hartmann. Hartmann admitted to frustration with Cashin, who lives a half a block away on Park Road. He says Cashin routinely let his dog run loose, so he shared his frustration. "It became into a heated exchange, next thing you know, the guy hit me," said Hartmann. Lying on the ground, bleeding, and in fear of his life, he says, he pulled out a licensed .40 caliber pistol in self-defense. Hartmann has a concealed weapons permit and deputies say he acted well within the law. Cashin was taken to jail and now faces one county of felony battery. Cashin does have a prior criminal record that includes battery and drug charges."

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