Guns Don’t Kill People, Facebook/Water Pistols/Video Games/Fingers Do

by Charles C. W. Cooke

In my piece today, I discuss an attempt by Moms Demand Action and their allies to have the firearms “fan pages” removed from Facebook. I conclude that what the coalition really wants is to marginalize gun owners. This story, per CNN, is related:

Ten-year-old Nathan Entingh doesn’t understand why he got suspended from school for three days.

According to his father, Paul Entingh, one moment the boy was “goofing off” with his friends in fifth-grade science class, and the next the teacher was taking him out of the classroom, invoking Ohio’s zero-tolerance policy.

The offense? Nathan was “making his fingers look like a gun, having the thumb up and the pointed finger sticking out,” said Entingh, describing the February 26 incident.

“He was pointing it at a friend’s head and he said ‘boom.’ The kid didn’t see it. No other kids saw it. But the teacher saw it,” he said. “It wasn’t threatening. It wasn’t hostile. It was a 10-year-old kid playing.”

The school’s excuse is astonishing:

Price “has been warning the students for some weeks,” said Warner. “We’ve had a problem at this school. The boys have gone around fake shooting and making paper guns at class. It’s inappropriate. She has sent notes to parents for the past three weeks alerting them of the problem.”

“The problem”? “Inappropriate”? On what planet is this an issue?

Apparently the sort of planet that is populated by people who confuse children’s antics for real life violence; who presume that parents who play with water pistols in front of their children will turn them into killers; and who are convinced that video games are causing school shootings.

Read the whole thing here.