A Logan County Ohio 8th grader named Jared Marcum was suspended, arrested and is now facing two charges — obstruction and disturbing the education process, for wearing a pro-NRA shirt featuring an assault weapon like the one used to slaughter 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary, to school.
WTRF7 News reported that Jared’s father, Allen Lardieri, wasn’t happy about leaving work early to pick up his son from jail.
Appearing in an interview by local news dressed up in his finest NRA gun-nut gear Allen Lardieri said, “I don’t see how anybody would have an issue with a hunting rifle and NRA put on a t-shirt, especially when policy doesn’t forbid it.”
Except that’s not a “hunting rifle” on the shirt; it’s a military-style assault-type weapon, which is only good for hunting people. This is a familiar semantic argument that TEApublicans try to use when claiming that their semi-auto assault weapons with military accessories and hi-capacity magazines are just like any other hunting rifle.
Lardieri went on to say that Jared didn’t become aggressive or violate any school policy, though Jared admitted that he refused to turn the shirt inside out, or put on a different one.
A heated argument is now taking place on the WTRF7 Facebook page regarding support for either the school’s decision or the student. Most commenting in support of the NRA are claiming violations of First and/or Second Amendment rights. These “constitutional scholars” would do well to actually read the Constitution before spouting off about it. Does an 8th grader have 2nd Amendment rights in a public school? For that matter, is the wearing of a shirt like this in a middle school protected by the First Amendment?
The NRA is an enabler of mass-murderers, making sure they’re armed with easily-obtainable weapons like the one emblazoned on this shirt. NRA lobbyists and the cowardice four democrats subverted the will of 90% of the American people yesterday, voting down common sense universal background checks for public and private gun sales. Over 3500 people have died from gun violence since Sandy Hook. What kind of message are you sending as a parent when you allow your student to advertize a weapon in a classroom that was used to slaughter so many innocents in a similar classroom?
We expect that this kid will have his day in court, as he should. We expect his dad and his gun-nut friends and probably the NRA and GOA will use this to sell more guns and t-shirts. But when the next mass-shooting happens, as it most certainly will – what kind of shirt will your kid be wearing?