Schools Act of 1994" requires a one-year expulsion of any student
who brings a firearm to any elementary or secondary school that receives
federal funding. The Act allows "the chief administering officer
of such local educational agency to modify such expulsion requirement
for a student on a case-by-case basis."
Many public schools
have taken the liberty to expand this policy to include toy guns, food
items being used as toy guns, and children pointing their fingers like
guns. Most would agree that this is ludricious, with the exception of
many schoolteachers and policymakers whose melodramatic paranoia of
anything gun-like is beyond any semblance of reason.
mentality about firearms is a major contributing factor to the total
lack of education about the Second Amendment in our nation's schools.
Plus, it creates a mysterious, forbidden mystique about firearms that
generates a natural curiosity among young people. A curiosity that puts
some at risk as they may not have had any education about firearms or
firearm safety and are certainly not going to get such an education
to all-things-gun may have just cost a California high school senior
his future. The high school senior, Adam
Liston, is a responsible, hard working, patriotic, honor student.
Always one to follow the rules and never one to get in trouble, Adam
was a model student, but he was also a gun owner. A gun owner who committed
Adam's crime was
that of forgetfulness. As is typical of a teenager he forgot. They forget
all kinds of things, don't they? But, this one just might ruin his chances
at a life that he has barely begun.
purchased a shotgun, legally, for his 18th birthday. Being an avid sportsman,
he enjoyed shooting before and after school and during lunch breaks,
off campus. But, the young man forgot to remove his unloaded shotgun
before returning to school one day. A fellow student, having seen Mr.
Liston's shotgun in the gun-rack on the back of his pickup on a previous
day, reported Adam to the principal's office.
The principal called
Adam into his office and asked for permission to search the truck. Mr.
Liston agreed. That's all fine and well. We understand that the principal
was merely trying to ensure that Davis High School was in compliance
with the "Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994."
What we don't understand
is why four police units were also on the scene. After all, Adam Liston
was not hostile or disturbed. He was a model citizen and honor student.
He cooperated with the principal. No threats or anti-social behavior
had been demonstrated by him. And yet, the police were there in full
the unloaded shotgun, Adam Liston, high school honor student, was charged
with two felonies. If convicted, he can never own a firearm again and
he will always have trouble finding a job. This incident of simple forgetfulness
will follow him for the rest of his life thanks to his educators at
Davis High School. He was also expelled, of course.
Our nation's educators
have taken their gun-phobia to an extreme that has become dangerous
to our children. Unable to keep their emotions in check, school officials
are now ruining the lives of otherwise good kids.
What will society
do as Adam's fate hangs in the balance? Will regular folks step in and
demand an end to this rampant discrimination against gun owners? Or
will we continue to kowtow to the whining, sniveling, rats who demand
that we submit and deny ourselves our rights in order to preserve the
Davis High School
- (530) 757-5400
Unified School District - (530) 757-5300 ext. 142
Unified School District - (530) 668-3703
Department, Investigations Unit - (530) 747-5430