Kid Who Ate A Pop Tart Until It Looked Rather Like A Gun Receives Free Lifetime NRA Membership

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The National Rifle Association presented 8-year-old Marylander Josh Welch a free lifetime membership, valued at $550, in a lighthearted demonstration of the absurdity of Josh’s school suspension over a gun-shaped pastry.

Josh received the membership from Maryland State Representative Nicholaus Kipke at a local Republican fundraising event “during a tongue-in-cheek presentation that involved a Pop-Tart fashioned into a pistol and gun safety tips,” the Baltimore Sun reports.

Josh was suspended from Park Elementary School for two days in March, after he noticed the Pop Tart he’d been munching on had begun to resemble a pistol in profile and, perhaps unwisely for the then-7-year-old, shared that bit of information with classmates.

Although Josh’s family clearly acquiesced in his participation at the Republican event, he said no one in his family is an NRA member (expect himself), and that he really didn’t know what the NRA is all about. But he clearly thinks the whole hoopla over getting in trouble at school for eating a pastry until only the silhouette of a gun remains is just stupid.

“Everyone keeps asking me why I did it,” he said. “I don’t know why I did it. … I wish people would stop asking me about it.”

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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