Rhea, on Oct 15 2004, 01:26 AM, said:
Una Salus Lillius, on Oct 14 2004, 01:16 PM, said:
Show an interest in history and go to jail? Is that serious Nonny? Aren't there ways of showing interest in history without bringing guns to school? Or should we now award monument status to historical guns and make their presence legal (around kids no less) where they otherwise would not be.
I suspect it's a matter of context. He brought an entire costume complete with authentic weaponry as a big kid show-and-tell. I hardly think that's a reason to cuff him and arrest him. I'd be a little more worried if he belonged to the SCA and brought a sword.
You'd be a lot more likely to harm someone with a sword than a musket.
(And I'm gun-phobic, having, at the ripe old age of 5, stumbled into a situation where my friend's mom blew her brains out in the bathroom and her son and I walked into the empty house and found her.
My mom was the only family member who saw my dad. I can't even imagine.
This is a matter of context for me too, because he had the entire costume. He's a kid. He forgot. Sure, punish him, but not with handcuffs and police and an arrest record. Teach him not to do it again, not that one goof up means that the rest of his life is now officially ruined.
My snappy comeback is a take off on "use a gun, go to jail," Lil. He didn't use the gun. He had it in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the rest of his costume.
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"Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank, give a man a bank and he can rob the world." Can anyone tell me who I am quoting? I found this with no attribution.
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