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An Insidious Act

Date: 01 March, 2011

By: Chief

Imageomehow I don't think Andrew Mikel II, a whopping 14 years of age and a freshman in high school, intended to make national news. Well he sure as shootin' did.

In December of last year (2010) young Andrew decided to have some fun at school. Our dashing and very bored (you can't blame him for that ... school is boring) student took an ink pen case, some plastic pellets, loaded a pellet(s) into the case, picked a target and finally blew the pellet(s) out of the ink pen case.

For this Andrew Mikel II was:

Quoting the Washington Post story:

"The school district saw it as more than a childish prank. School officials expelled him for possession and use of a weapon, and they called a deputy sheriff to the scene, said Mikel and his father, Andrew Mikel Sr.

[. . .]

"School officials in some e-mails referred to the plastic casing as a 'metal tube'. The plastic pellets were called 'B-Bs'.

" 'We have an obligation to protect the students in our building from others who pose a threat to the over-all safe learning environment', Russell Davis, principal of Spotsylvania High, wrote to other school officials in one e-mail.

"But the school's hearing officer, John Lynn, wrote to administrators that he was 'not at all comfortable expelling or suspending this student for the remainder of the year', according to the documents. School officials insisted. When Mikel's father appealed the case, the school board's three-member disciplinary committee upheld the ruling.

This is nuts. I did the same thing when I was in school. We didn't have plastic pellets so we would make them out of paper. Lord it was fun.

An act of insanity

What got Andrew Mikel (the younger) in such hot water was a law (Wouldn't you know it?). Not some state law or even a county ordinance. Oh no. This was a federal law titled — Gun-Free Schools Act. Quoting Wikipedia:

"The Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 was enacted as section 1702 of the Crime Control Act of 1990 and signed by President George H.W. Bush on November 29, 1990.

"It was subsequently declared to be an unconstitutional exercise of Congressional authority under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution by the United States Supreme Court, and was therefore voided. This case, United States v. Lopez (1995), was the first time in over half a century that the Supreme Court limited Congressional authority to legislate under the Commerce Clause."

Well Hell's Bells Leroy — if the law was found and declared unconstitutional how in the world did Mikel Jr. get expelled, arrested and charged with assault? Ah, glad you asked. The answer is:

Enter the witch

The witch — spelled with a capitol 'B.'

Senator Dianne Feinstein. The:

no good witch (with a capitol 'B'). She also had the nerve to get a concealed weapons permit and carried a concealed weapon (obtained from NNDB). Pernicious twit.

She and others of her ilk passed a 'new and improved' version of the act. Quoting her website:

"Guns have no place in the hands of our children or in the hallways and classrooms of their schools. Children should be able to go to school without fearing for their safety. Indeed, our schools should be safe havens - places where children are able to escape the violence that engulfs so many of their lives. The time has come to remove guns from the schools of America" (Senator Feinstein, August 10, 1994).

With grief condign the new and improved version of the law took effect in 1995. It was signed by Bill Klinton. Another loser.

The law is a failure

It is an absolute failure. Think about it. The law took effect in 1995. But, did it prevent:

No. And no again. Gee I would have to say the law is batting 100%. Two times up and two times out. It ain't going to make the major league with that kind of batting average.

Just to refresh your memory here is a snippet from the witch's (with a capitol 'B') quote:

"Guns have no place in the hands of our children or in the hallways and classrooms of their schools. Children should be able to go to school without fearing for their safety."

Okay, the law is an utter failure. So, why is it still in place? Politics and vote buying. It appears you cannot have one without the other. Ask the witch (with a capitol 'B') if she cares? You probably won't get an answer. But who knows you might want to give it a try.

No person, not even the witch (with a capitol 'B') herself can prevent a crime. Especially from long distance — such as from Washington, DC. Yet people are punished for violating a law they did not actually violate. Andrew Mikel II is a victim of Congressional stupidity. And make no mistake he is not the first and will not be the last until this law is toast.

Epilogue

First off the Gun Free School Zones act has got to go entirely. If individual states desire to enact such stupidity — as long as it does not run afoul of the Second Amendment or any other individual right, well, that is their prerogative.

Secondly, Principal Russell Davis needs to be fired, tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail. Now John Lynn initially did the right thing but when the heat was turned up — he apparently folded. If that is true he has earned the same fate as Davis. The school board's three-member disciplinary committee upheld the punishment. As far as I am concerned they too have earned the same fate as Davis. Maggots.

Hopefully the citizens of Spotsylvania (kind of reminds me of Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale from the cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle) Virginia, will take care of these ne'er-do-wells. Give 'em hell people.

Thirdly, We the People must get our frigging federales off our backs and out of our lives — forever.

Oh, y'all might be interested in reading up on the Columbine killers.

They were not at all like what was originally reported.

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