If you’re going to make a difference in the social justice community you need to start early and hook ’em while they’re still young. That seems to be the message at one Minnesota high school, where one of their sports teams was facing the possibility of having their team photo left out of the year book this spring. The reason is that the offending students are clearly dangerous since they showed up for the photography session with… guns! Can you imagine?
Actually, you probably could easily imagine since we’re talking about the trap shooting team. (CBS Local)
A picture of a high school trap shooting team may not make it into the yearbook because the team posed with their most important tools; their guns.
Head Coach Rhonda Eckerdt said she learned Wednesday that the school won’t put the picture yearbook. In an email to the Eckerdt, the athletic director said it’s against school policy to have firearms in a picture.
It was a big night for the Big Lake High School trap shooting team Wednesday. They were hosting a fundraiser at the Pizza Ranch in Monticello, but the talk around the table wasn’t only about collecting donations.
“I thought it was ridiculous, absolutely. I couldn’t believe it,” parent Rick Anderson said of the school’s decision.
Here’s the group of dangerous looking, offending hooligans now. Brace yourself. They look like a shady bunch of characters as I’m sure you’ll agree. (/sarcasm) Click on image for full size picture.
Fortunately for the team, the outrage in the community (and from around the nation) was enough to quickly get them to back down from that decision.
Amid controversy, the Big Lake School District administration has decided to allow a photo showing the high school trap team holding their guns.
“I guess it was victory,” said coach Rhonda Eckerdt. “We get the trapshooting team in the yearbook.”
That victory happened a lot faster than Eckerdt expected. She and several others thought they would have to plead their case to the Big Lakes Schools Board of Education Thursday night.
Crisis averted, but its one more example of how you can’t take your eye off the ball for a moment when it comes to the Second Amendment. Any time you go along with a “reasonable” rule regarding gun ownership there will be people who seek to exploit it for an anti-gun agenda. To be clear, I’m not saying it’s 100% certain that’s what happened here but it would fit in with a repeating pattern around the country.
Let’s just say you agree with a rule such as the one in place at this school regarding yearbook photos. After all, you don’t want some aspiring gang banger submitting a picture of himself sitting in his garage flashing gang signs and waving around an unlicensed Glock and have it wind up in the yearbook. But then it’s only one short step from there to some SJW administrator saying, “no guns means no guns” and pulling a stunt like this. The argument is immediately turned to one of whether guns themselves (which are only tools) are evil and portray the “wrong” image for the school. At that point the fat is in the fire and we’re back to having precisely the wrong sort of argument.
It’s good that Big Lake moved quickly and got this one right. If this story is promoted around the country, perhaps other schools could take a clue from it and avoid such problems in the future. It’s not unreasonable to have “common sense” rules when it comes to guns, but there will always be those in the gun grabbing sector who will try to exploit them for their own purposes. Vigilance is an ongoing challenge when it comes to the Second Amendment. If you’re not careful, overzealous gun control advocates will be creeping in at the most unexpected times and chipping away at your rights.
Here’s the original coverage from the local CBS News outlet who broke the story.