Okay. Here’s how a recent article in the Baltimore Sun reporting on a Republican fundraiser in Glen Burnie begins: “The 8-year-old Anne Arundel County boy who was suspended for biting a pastry into the shape of a gun received [a] standing ovation and a lifetime membership to the National Rifle Association Wednesday night.”
Republicans, listen up! The pastry-gun incident was absolutely laughable. It was a political freebie. Any time you needed a laugh line in a speech about out-of-touch gun-control advocates, it would have been there for you. It also happened at a school! So it could also have been used whenever it was convenient to broadly disparage school faculty.
Maybe the only way you could screw this up for yourselves is to misrepresent the harmless classroom misbehavior of an eight-year-old as a symbolic political statement. You apparently forgot that the absurdity of the original “incident” stems from the fact that it was a chewed-up Pop-Tart and not a gun, that it had nothing to do with guns. Turning the kid into some kind of gun-rights martyr is not only mystifying, it’s exploitative and politically foolish.
To get an idea of how politically relevant the kid’s actions were, here’s a quote from the young man himself: “I don’t know why I did it. … I wish people would stop asking me about it. It’ll probably go on for 45 years or something.”
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