If you thought the drawing above looked like something a kid would do, you’d be right. Since you’re reading about it here, if you assumed that the kid got into trouble over the drawing above, you’d also be right. Eight-year-old Kody Smith was given the assignment to go outside and look at the clouds, and draw something he saw there. I don’t know if he actually saw a gun shape in the clouds or just drew it because he thought it was cool, but in these days of Common Core and 2+2=5 being OK as long as you can justify your answer, who am I to judge? However, I’m a rational person . . .
in an irrational world, so it comes as no surprise that when Kody’s teacher saw his drawing was a gun, she called him into the office, and then filed a behavior report. The report says that Kody showed behavior that is disruptive to the entire learning community. You know what I find disruptive to the learning community, if I was a parent with a child at that school? That an action like this would call into question every other thing that goes on there. Because if someone in a position of authority feels this reaction is justified, who knows what the hell else is considered reasonable and proper.
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Ambridge, PA, and some random 15-year-old won the “worst timing” award today in the process. You see, a scary message was found written on a restroom wall: “I have a gun.” No mention in the story of who discovered the message (possibly the person who wrote it, in an attempt to get out of a test?), but it’s obvious who found the message scary: anyone and everyone in authority in Ambridge, PA. The school was locked down and “several police officers and K-9s responded to investigate.” Ambridge Police Chief Jim Mann said, “A very thorough search was conducted at the school. Every locker, every book bag and every student was wanded with the metal detector.” The lockdown was lifted after about 90 minutes after they “ruled all students were safe” and there wasn’t a threat. I like the construction of that sentence, “ruled all students were safe.” You could alternately interpret that as an adjective (“safe from harm”) or as a verb (“safed the weapon”). So all’s well that ends well. Well, except for one person. Remember the random 15-year-old from the beginning of the story? Yeah, so he’s having a bad day. During the “very thorough search,” that kid was found to have a 10-inch kitchen knife in his backpack. Authorities don’t believe the student’s possession of the knife had anything to do with the initial threat. “Threat.”
One of the more obvious places to try to steal a gun might be at a gun show, or at least in the parking lot. But I would think that course would also be fraught with danger, wouldn’t you? As it turns out, it wasn’t dangerous for whoever hit the Southern Knife and Gun Show at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando last Saturday. An unknown number of miscreants broke into four different vehicles in the parking lot between 1-2 p.m., in at least one case by smashing the driver’s side window. They got away with three pistols, an unspecified amount of ammunition, a laptop, a camera, and a C-PAP machine. Orlando police are “seeking information.”
Ammunition supplies are rebounding in many areas of the country at this point, but not in all. In my area, .22LR is still not to be found unless you’re doing the morning coffee run to Gander or Bass Pro when they open. On the upside, at least I don’t need my ammo to survive. An AP story out of Nome, Alaska (found in the York, SC Enquirer Herald) says that ammunition is still hard to come by in the remote wilderness, and it’s hitting the subsistence hunters out there where it counts. The Alaska Native Industries Cooperative Association supplies 40 stores across Alaska, and Distribution Manager Bill Williams says he watches subsistence hunting seasons to prioritize what ammunition gets shipped when, and who gets it. People that are shooting to live get priority, because there’s just no alternative. Kinda puts your blown range session in perspective, doesn’t it?
The Yankee Marshal on Handgun Purchase Delays, specifically the “three day delay” and release aspects.