Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The trigger of bitterness

Via James Taranto, we have a home state story of a high school marksmanship team:

ZEBULON - For Robert Lumley, the decision to bar his East Wake High School club marksmanship team from a statewide shooting tournament was as arresting as a shotgun blast.

Less than a day before the March 15 district round of the decades-old N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission competition, one of East Wake's principals, with the support of the area superintendent who oversees that school, stopped the team from participating.

The reason: Ammo and students don't mix, the school officials said.

Like districts across the nation, Wake County bans deadly weapons from campuses and prohibits students from carrying them on school trips. But the decision to bar the East Wake team from the tournament extends that prohibition to students participating in an off-campus event sponsored by a state agency and supervised by adults certified in firearms safety. [...]

The East Wake decision nullified months of practice by Lumley, a 17-year-old senior, and the rest of the 16-member marksmanship and orienteering team -- an offshoot of the school-approved FFA club, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America.

The story is headlined from Zebulon, NC, population roughly 4,000. East Wake High School is located in Wendell, NC, population about the same.

It would be fair to say that these students are from one of those small towns Obama has been talking about. Their desire to participate on a marksmanship team in a shooting tournament is no doubt evidence that Obama is on to something: they are clinging to their guns.

Now the school is trying to take that away from them.

This will drive these students to become even further embittered forcing them to cling even more to their religion or their antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Until Obama is elected and they can be freed from such distractions, so that they can cling to the omnibenevolence of the state.

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