School board (Cowards) asks legislators to amend state gun laws


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Desertdog
October 17, 2005, 06:07 PM
A follow up to earlier post; Man brings gun to school board meeting
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=160712

School board asks legislators to amend state gun laws
By the Associated Press
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1015alaskaguns15.html


YORKTOWN, Va. -- The York County School Board is asking several state legislators to consider prohibiting firearms at school board meetings--regardless of whether they're held on school property.

The letter asking for the amendment to state gun laws came last week after a local resident attended the board's monthly meeting on Sept. 26 with a .45-caliber gun strapped to his hip.

Chet Szymecki, a 38-year-old father of three, attended the meeting to voice concerns about a cell phone tower proposed at Dare Elementary School.

Szymecki had called the sheriff's office to make sure the law allowed him to take the gun to the meeting being held at York Hall in Yorktown.

Szymecki--who wears his handgun on a daily basis--spoke at the meeting for three minutes.

But his gun, which was in plain sight for anyone attending or watching the meeting on television, upset the school board members.

"We're not infringing upon people's rights to bear arms," said board Chairman Mark Medford. "It's just a commonsense issue. We don't want to have weapons at our School Board meeting, because if someone decided to snap or got angry about a decision we make, we don't want the worst-case scenario."

In the letter, Medford wrote: "Our concern is for the safety and well-being of the students present at this school-related activity. Thankfully, nothing happened. But it would seem prudent to take action before a tragedy occurs."

After the meeting, Szymecki said he didn't realize carrying the gun to the meeting would cause such a controversy.

"I wasn't saying, 'Hey, I'll show you,"' he said. "The primary reason I was there was the cell tower. I had read the code and checked to make sure I wasn't violating any laws, and I called the sheriff's to discuss their interpretation of it."

The board had learned that Szymecki was planning to attend the meeting with the gun and made arrangements to have two deputies present.

Medford said the board's reaction questions whether a citizen has the right to carry a gun to a school-related function.

"This is something that could affect all school boards in the state," he said.

The Virginia School Boards Association, in Richmond, plans to help York County lobby its legislative proposal to change the law.

But the association's executive director, Frank Barham, said he doubts it will win.

"I don't think this will get anywhere, because people with concealed-weapons permits can go to restaurants or walk down the streets where there are children," Barham said. "But I think this will cause most school boards that do meet off school property to meet on school grounds."

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Old Fuff
October 17, 2005, 06:20 PM
"But I think this will cause most school boards that do meet off school property to meet on school grounds."

This is a great idea because when they are on school property they can put up a sign that says, "NO GUNS!" and everybody will be safe, and warm and fuzzy feeling ...

And no bad person will ever bring a gun to one of their meetings because ... well ... because there is a law againist it. :rolleyes:

Standing Wolf
October 17, 2005, 08:55 PM
The letter asking for the amendment to state gun laws came last week after a local resident attended the board's monthly meeting on Sept. 26 with a .45-caliber gun strapped to his hip.

Every real or imaginary problem requires government intervention of the most draconian type, I guess.

Leftists are such cowards!

denfoote
October 17, 2005, 09:23 PM
"It's just a commonsense issue. We don't want to have weapons at our School Board meeting, because if someone decided to snap or got angry about a decision we make, we don't want the worst-case scenario."



Ahhhh yes.
More "common sense" gun control!!

Boss Spearman
October 17, 2005, 09:24 PM
I think it's sad we have idiots teaching our children.

LAR-15
October 18, 2005, 10:39 AM
What about knives and baseball bats?

Colt46
October 18, 2005, 12:55 PM
"We're not infringing on anbody's right to bear arms." He can't be serious.

I'd be willing he's got a penis stashed in his slacks(although apparently no testicles). What if the local gals wear blouses with plunging necklines or short, slit skirts to the meeting. I mean, he's perfectly capable of whipping his penis out and raping them.

spacemanspiff
October 18, 2005, 01:08 PM
yeah, it should be against the LAW to have a gun somewhere! an unenforcable law, and signs should be posted so everyones aware of how super-duper illegal it is to have a weapon at a school board meeting!

signs prevent crime from happening!

AnthonyRSS
October 18, 2005, 01:18 PM
He was probably carrying cause he is scared of the kids...

garyk/nm
October 18, 2005, 02:51 PM
Tyrants don't like to see the means of their undoing openly displayed.

afasano
October 18, 2005, 05:36 PM
If your not a cop or something like that, libs see your gun jumping out of its holster and shooting someone. :what:

Ezekiel
October 18, 2005, 05:59 PM
The York County School Board is asking several state legislators to consider prohibiting firearms at school board meetings--regardless of whether they're held on school property.

The sum of knee-jerk responses (in general) I've witnessed to this idea is one of the reasons I have difficulties with a "my cold, dead fingers" response to gun control: these folks [the School Board] have a right to ask.

This "guns/weapons thought process" is very personal to me, as it likely is to all of us, but my beliefs do not preclude another's ability to disagree with me.

My thought? "Let them ask".

The important part is the decision, not the query. I could write a long dissertation on why guns are "bad" -- and believe it because of what I've experienced -- but that does not in the slightest diminish rights as decreed by our Constitution. "If I believe in this country, I must concede rights to the obligatory rightful ownership of firearms."

As such, again, "let them ask".

The School Board has a right -- no, an OBLIGATION -- to request this if they truly believe this is the "right call". It is our job to effectively convince our elected officials that it is not. It is really just that simple. Denouncing the request is ridiculous.

We're ALL Americans. Their vote is as good as mine.

thorn726
October 18, 2005, 07:13 PM
at the part where a gun owner is worried about a cell phone tower or the part
where the school folks get upset?

"we dont want someone to get upset"

got to love it

PROOF

gun owners are nothing but hotheads, ready to blow your head off over any argument.

i guess these board meetings typically erupt in violence that could easily escalte to a shooting??

any way you look at it, pure comedy.

Ezekiel
October 18, 2005, 07:38 PM
I could write a long dissertation on why guns are "bad" -- and believe it because of what I've experienced...

Please note that I don't necessarily believe that guns are bad (or hammers, compasses or right angles for that matter) but rather that I've witnessed their use in some very questionable scenarios. Again, my concern is the idea that many owners are so terribly self-rightous in their beliefs.

In the real world, the Constitution offers no rights: the current interpretation of the long-dormant document offers rights. The power is in who controls the interpretation, not the document itself. As an American Indian, I can readily say that even written guarantees are NOT such...

Being self-righteous "my cold, dead hands" types merely makes us look extremist. Laughing at legitimate procedural requests...

any way you look at it, pure comedy

...merely proves my point. We do look like brain-dead troglodytes with no regard beyond six-packs, NASCAR and trailer parks. What should we do? Elect folks who respond to legitimate requests in the manner we desire.

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