Finally – A State Legislator With Some Common Sense

| March 11, 2013 | 22 Comments

I’m sure you all remember the recent Baltimore “Pop-Tart Gun Crime“.

Well, it looks like at least one Maryland State Senator has some common sense – and is pissed enough to try and do something productive.

Sen. J. B. Jennings has introduced a bill that would describe “appropriate discipline that must be adhered to during counseling students of all grade levels in any Maryland school that uses public funds.”  The bill reputedly includes a protocol for counseling and disciplining school administrators who violate these guidelines.  And it further mandates that minor offenses such as the “Pot-Tart Gun Crime” not be entered into a child’s school records if it’s simply an instance of “kids being kids”.

Not sure what chance this has in the People’s Republic of Maryland legislature.  But it seems a breath of fresh air nonetheless.

I’m normally not a fan of more laws.  But when the lunatics are running the asylum and about to burn the place down, well, sometimes a new law just might be needed.

Category: Pointless blather, Who knows

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  1. NRPax says:

    Sadly, we’re too much of a Democrat majority here. But I’ll look forward to the end result.

  2. A Proud Infidel says:

    Hmm,.. Idiocy Control Laws? It’s about time!!!

  3. FourteenSierra says:

    we are celebrating somebody finally seemingly trying to do the right thing.

    Best thing we could do? Fire – Immediately – School yokles who jump to foolish conclusions on what constitutes an ‘offense’.

  4. NHSparky says:

    Not sure what chance this has in the People’s Republic of Maryland legislature.

    Given the fact they’re trying hard to go as full ri-tard as CA, MA, CO, NY, and IL, I’d say somewhere between slim and zip-point-shit.

    But at least it’ll be fun to watch the libs try to argue against this.

  5. NR Pax says:

    @4: Trying to go full retard? Trust me; they barreled through all the roadblocks on that path and are doing donuts in a field.

  6. Hondo says:

    NHSparky: NR Pax is correct. IMO MD is well ahead of CO and IL (less Chicago) on the highway to “people’s republic” status. I’d say that NY, CA, DC (local), and NJ (maybe) are the only “states” closer. And I’m not sure about NJ.

  7. USMCE8Ret says:

    I’m a little pessimestic about this, so we’ll have to wait and see.

    You can’t legislate common sense.

  8. NR Pax says:

    You can’t legislate common sense.

    And you can’t make stupidity painful.

  9. Devtun says:

    Bet this teacher has on numerous occasions wore down a chalk to a pointy tip to where it sorta kinda resembles a bullet. What about the letters F, L, and P ? I mean they could be mistaken for shape of a gun. Same for number 7. Number 3 looks like buttocks…we can do this all day long folks.

  10. Ex-PH2 says:

    Illinois hasn’t quite reached full retard status just yet, but is well on its way.

    Hasn’t happened yet, but I’m waiting to see what happens when hunting season rolls around next fall and people on the road with hunting equipment are stopped for any reason by the cops. Turkey season is not too far away. Shawnee National Forest has some of the best deer and turkey hunting, period, and I have no idea how many people cross the state line from MO and KY into sourthern Illinois to go turkey hunting this time of year.

  11. Reaperman says:

    Do they really need a law like this? Isn’t it the principal and school board’s job to maintain a level of common sense, or are they the bunch that introduced this ‘zero tolerance’ crap to begin with?

    Back when I was in school it was just the opposite. Overly tolerant of everything all the time. Not that it was any better.

  12. Hondo says:

    Reaperman: in theory, this proposed law would not be needed. In practice, perhaps it is – as a “shot across the bow”, if nothing else. When school administrators are too stupid – or are unwilling – to use common sense in such situations, then legislative guidelines are perhaps the next necessary step.

    One cannot legislate stupidity out of existence, nor one make people use common sense. But one can make both stupidity and failure to use common sense painful, particularly when public funding is involved.

  13. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    This state senator is with the Air Guard. His bill came in after the submission deadline so it was sent packing to the Rules committee. Best of luck with that.

  14. Hondo says:

    It is the People’s Republic of MD, 2/17 Air Cav. I’m not holding my breath.

  15. kzsog1713 says:

    This is all great and wonderful, but in light of all the “OMG, it looks like a gun shape” bs going on… How are we supposed to talk about things like, I don’t know…the Revolutionary War or the Civil War, or, for that matter, ANYTHING that ever happend in the US or on foreign soil (WWI/WWII/Vietnam) without talking about guns? Or violence of any nature? They want everyone to believe our country was founded on good, solid, non-gun carrying Christian values, and that just isn’t it. How do you show a documentary on anything without showing guns?

    Or…We I guess we could blur them out with images of the mighty fallen Twinkie.

  16. Eagle Keeper says:

    This whole “Zero Tolerance” effort didn’t start in the wake of Sandy Hook. It started years ago.

    I remember stories of a little kid getting suspended for bringing a GI Joe-sized 1911 replica to school.

    Humbly submitted for your consideration:

    Public schools, gun control, and communism (6:22 YouTube video)

  17. Eagle Keeper says:

    Hondo: “I’m normally not a fan of more laws.”

    You said a mouthful. But it seems like that all that we the sheeple get.

    I posted my previous comment before I read the entire OP. Now that I’ve read it — and Hondo’s appropos reply — I have one piece of advice. (It’s the same advice suggested by the YouTube video.)

    Home school.

  18. Ex-PH2 says:

    If communism is so successful, then how come the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the USSR, also known as the Soviet Union, collapsed into the dust of history? Huh?

    Yeah, I’d like to see Bill Ayers drown in his own spit, but people like him forget one teensy weensy little thing:

    WE ARE NOT SHEEP. WE ARE SHEEPDOGS.

    Got that, EK?

  19. Common Sense says:

    I feel very fortunate that my kids were never caught up in the zero tolerance movement. My eldest son did draw a violent picture of soldiers killing aliens, but since it was a charter school, we were just called in to meet with his teacher. My youngest son accidentally left his cap gun in his backpack once. He was smart enough to keep it hidden and not tell anyone until he got home.

    The best answer to this is to homeschool your kids. Then they can eat PopTarts into any shape they want and learn how to spell the word “gun”, picture and all.

  20. Ex-PH2 says:

    @19 – Yes, and who knows? When they apply to one of the better universities, they probably won’t have to take remedial English classes (for spelling, grammar, puncutation, vocabulary building, etc.) because they’ll already be light years ahead of their contemporaries.

    Not only that, if they need help with advanced math and science, Kahn Academy is online, adds lessons daily, and is free to all who want to use it.

  21. Eagle Keeper says:

    Ex-PH2 (18),

    Why so sensitive? If the shoe don’t fit you, then please, disregard.

    But don’t pretend that most Americans actually have a backbone about re. this kind of stuff.

    Some Americans are sheep dogs. Most Americans are sheep.

    “Oh, I know how to end statism in the State’s schools: Let’s pass a law!” Isn’t that a bit like preventing rape by telling men not to commit it?

    And Common Sense (18): “The best answer to this is to homeschool your kids.”

    … like I said.

  22. Eagle Keeper says:

    “Now we must say goodbye to this fair country whose government toiled tirelessly to create the safety, fairness and luxury that all demanded, and that everyone knew could be created by passing just the right laws. Through it all, the people vigorously safeguarded their tradition of firearms ownership.

    “But they never knew — and never learned — that preserving a tradition and a way of life is not the same as preserving liberty. And they never knew — and never learned — that it’s not about guns.”

    ~ Jeff Snyder, “Walter Mitty’s Second Amendment” [my bold — EK]

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