He was a well-known face in the movement for the SAFE Act, the state law that made carrying a gun on school property a felony. He was also a familiar presence in the hallways of the city’s Harvey Austin Elementary School, where he worked in the after-school program and mentored students.
No one imagined that on Thursday he would show up at the school in possession of a gun, touching off an hours-long lockdown, search and ultimately his arrest on two felony charges…
He was among local activists who stood with Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes last year lobbying for a law that would make possessing a gun on school property a felony.
If convicted, he could serve up to four years in jail. Don’t hold your breath on that.
It’s not clear who called 911. The cynic in Murdoc wonders if it might not have been someone less than thrilled with Ferguson’s anti-gun drama who saw a chance to nail him.
Many of those opposed to open carry, for instance, call the cops with a “man with gun” report every time they see one, using the system to harass people who aren’t doing anything wrong. Total speculation on Murdoc’s part, but this could have been right out of that playbook.
While complying with state law isn’t a point of contention, some school administrators find the sticker’s image to be a bit alarming.
“One of my biggest concerns as a principal is safety and security,” Tinley Park High School Principal Theresa Nolan said. “It is bothersome to have to post a sticker of a gun that says, ‘Hey, folks, leave your guns at home.’
“I would have appreciated something more subtle, yet still recognizable — a logo, perhaps, not a gun,” she said
She’s worried that parents will think that the new no-gun signs mean guns used to be allowed. And that seeing the image of the gun will remind people of Sandy Hook.
Firearms-related homicides declined 39 percent between 1993 and 2011, the report said, while nonfatal firearms crimes fell 69 percent during that period…
Overall, the Justice Department report said, firearm-related homicides dropped from 18,253 homicides in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011, while nonfatal firearm crimes declined from 1.5 million in 1993 to 467,300 in 2011.
This is something that Murdoc tries to make sure everyone understands when we talk about guns, gun violence, and gun control:
The drop extended to schools: Homicides at schools declined from an average of 29 per year in the 1990s to an average of 20 per year in the 2000s.
I’m not sure that one person I’ve ever told that gun violence in schools is down has ever believed me for a second.
An interesting fact somewhat buried is that when you combine the number of people who said a solution would be ‘very effective’ and ‘somewhat effective’, more people favored “arming at least one school offic” officia” over “banning the sale of semi-automatic weapons” by 64 to 63.
No matter what state regulations dictate, college and university officials, faculty, staff, students, parents, and everyday taxpayers all have something to say about whether or not concealed handguns and other weaponry should be allowed on campus. Compelling arguments exist along the spectrum, but specific schools in particular seem to pop out whenever the subject materializes — sometimes, of course, for matters outside their control.
Police arrested a Kitchener, Ont., father outside his daughter’s school because the four-year-old drew a picture of him holding a gun.
Jessie Sansone told the Record newspaper that he was in shock when he was arrested Wednesday and taken to a police station for questioning over the drawing. He was also strip-searched.
“This is completely insane. My daughter drew a gun on a piece of paper at school,” he said.
Officials told the newspaper the move was necessary to ensure there were no guns accessible by children in the family’s home.
Officials also searched the man’s home and took his wife and three children down to the police station for questioning by Family and Children’s Services. Officials were especially concerned because the the girl who drew the pictures said her dad used the gun “to shoot bad guys and monsters.”
Via Glenn Reynolds, who calls for tar and feathers for the police and school officials. Murdoc thinks the police and school officials should be glad that the dad doesn’t shoot ALL the bad guys and monsters…