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A scary thought caught me today.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by HANDLOADER, Sep 22, 2008.


    HANDLOADER Well-Known Member

    The boy came in today and sat down and we conversed for about a hour. No the boy looks just like me when I was 16 6 ft tall and strong. Any way he is a member of the schools air rifle team and today his rifle broke. And the RO/ Instructer at the end of class told him to walk the rifle down to the room and leave it in there. The man has full faith in the kid and I don't blame him thats the way I raised him to be. Honest, saftey wise and respectgul. Any way the kid walks the rifle down to the class muzzle pointing to the roof and on the way class dismiss and the students leave the class. In the high school there is a ag class and he was in that last year so he has friends. They see him and yell he's got a gun. Oh @#$%. Any way the kid gets to the room fast as he can and leaves for lunch. Now I respect that the instructure trust him. But he put the kid in a sitiution that could have resulted in a dangerous ending. This meaning our shoot first and ask questions latter cops. I could have lost the boy. Luckly no one went as far to call the police but still dose this ROTC dude have any sense about him at all putting kids in these situtuions?So I believe that that instructure is going to get a BIG PIECE OF MY MIND! So what dose everyone else think of these situtions that our all mighty school teachers put our kids in.


  2. spuscg

    spuscg member

    my high school didnt allow an air rifle team, tried to do lots of anti gun reading......watched bowling for michael more is d bag
  3. kingpin008

    kingpin008 Well-Known Member

    While I can see a young person walking through a school with a rifle/handgun being a bad thing due to today's rash of school shootings, I'd be much less worried about the police arriving and potentially shooting him than I would be a teacher or other staff member with a concealed handgun doing it. The cops, even if called immediately, will not get there in time to do much, especially if they don't have a good lock on where the supposed shooter may be. A staff member, however, could easily intercept the kid with the rifle/handgun and engage them.

    Either way, I'd have a *polite yet concerned* conversation with the coach/director of the air rifle program, and see what can be done to avoid such a situation in the future. Either he needs to take the rifles to the storage room himself, and leave the students out of it, or he needs to do something like escort them, or perhaps affix some sort of flag or other device to the rifles so that nobody is able to mistake them for an actual weapon when in the hands of the students.
    Uh, I think I get what you're saying, but please - try to be a little bit more coherent. Not trying to bust your chops, but it helps us a -lot- if your posts are comprehensible.
  4. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Well-Known Member

    Maybe the instructor forgot we now live in a blissninny panic-filled world where people want someone carrying anything even resembling a gun near a school shot on sight, legal or not.
    Are you against concealed carry altogether, or just in certain places? Considering the legal ramifications for CCW holders vs. cops they seem much less trigger happy in my experiences.
  5. Thernlund

    Thernlund Well-Known Member

    I think maybe his friends need to understand the position they put him in. I'd place the blame on them.

  6. BruceRDucer

    BruceRDucer Well-Known Member


    Wouldn't it be more appropriate for the instructor to say:

    Set the rifle down somewhere until class is over?

    Still, it is an innocent blunder.:uhoh:

  7. WhisperFan

    WhisperFan Well-Known Member

    The entire problem may have been avoided if they placed the air rifle in a case before asking the student to transport it.

    I think that all target guns (both firearms and air-guns) should be transported back and forth from the range in gun cases. But that's just me
  8. kingpin008

    kingpin008 Well-Known Member

    Uh, what? How do you get me being against CCW from the statement you quoted? All I was saying, was that in that situation, the individuals who would be most likely to respond would not be the police (since they have to respond to the school in the first place) but teachers, who may have CCW licenses/weapons. I thought I was being pretty clear, no?
  9. Wes Janson

    Wes Janson Well-Known Member

    As I see it, part of the problem stems from the fact that people are too ignorant to realize that someone walking around with a rifle at shoulder arms is probably not a threat. If the barrel is parallel to the ground, it's time to find cover. Barring that, mass murderers generally do not exhibit proper muzzle discipline and safety procedures before opening fire, for some strange reason.
  10. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Well-Known Member

    Sorry I misunderstood. I thought you meant a teacher/staff member would be more likely to open fire on him without assessing the situation than a LEO would be if they had a CCW.
  11. Dgreno

    Dgreno Well-Known Member

    When I was in JROTC in high school, we carried "deactivated" M1's. (Deactivated meaning that the shop teacher poured molten aluminum down the barrel and cut the firing pin down:barf:.) We carried them throughout the school without any problems. We also had an air rifle team. We would shoot in the cafitera or gym if it was not in use after school. No problems there either.
  12. Gunsby_Blazen

    Gunsby_Blazen Well-Known Member

    what you need are bags or cases for the air guns. it makes them less threatening to the public who have been sensitized to them. but, it is understandable why folk would react in panic if they saw a fella walking with any type of gun...
    anyway, cases would be good to prevent such things.
  13. TonyB

    TonyB Well-Known Member

    here in liberal NY state,we had an actual rifle team in my HS....this was the 80's too,not the 50's.It was a private school though.there's a picture of us on the team in the year book w/ our guns too..now a days...it would never fly....it's for the children.
    BTW,the best shot on the team....her name was Kelly.;)
  14. MJRW

    MJRW Well-Known Member

    When you talk to the man, inform him, don't yell at him. You may actually achieve something if you deal with him respectfully and he understands the problem created. If you go ahead and give him a "BIG PIECE OF [YOUR] MIND," you are far more likely to create an adversary who will dismiss you as a yelling idiot than achieve anything.
  15. kingpin008

    kingpin008 Well-Known Member

    Agreed. More flies with honey than vinegar, and all that.
  16. BothellBob

    BothellBob Well-Known Member

    At the next all school assembly have the rifle team presented to the student body, carrying arms. Use this as an opportunity to educate (and warn) everyone. Throw in how much fun shooting is, how you learn about firearm safety, and encourage participation.
  17. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    I highly doubt that a teacher, who would know about the ROTC, would just shoot someone in the hallway on sight of the gun. I have a hard time believing they would do anything but draw and demand the student put the rifle down slowly and safely, if they didn't recognize him as an ROTC kid.
  18. springmom

    springmom Well-Known Member

    +1 to MJRW's comments. Calm down before you even think of picking up the phone. And when you do, make an appointment and see him in person. And when you do THAT, please keep in mind that your son might be pretty embarrassed if Daddy goes running to school and makes a scene. 16 year olds aren't real big on parental rescue missions (voice of experience here).

    Apart from causing tension between your son and the teacher for the rest of the school year (which has just really gotten started) you have the kids who will hear about it (and yes, they will hear about it) and rag on your son for needing Daddy to come to his aid.

    I understand that the possible outcomes were pretty scary, but your response needs to be calm and rational and not a matter of giving him a piece of your mind.

  19. kingpin008

    kingpin008 Well-Known Member

    I never said that a teacher would automatically open fire. What I said, was that if anyone was likely to react to such a situation, it would be teachers first, since the police would still be responding.

    And just because a school has an ROTC program or a rifle/pistol team, does not mean that every teacher or faculty member knows about said program or team, and every student involved with it. Further more, I'd imagine that when confronted with the sight of a student walking down the hallway with a gun, any individual is going to be taken aback, and may not have the wherewithall to put together the fact that the school has a ROTC/shooting program.
  20. HuntAndFish

    HuntAndFish Well-Known Member

    Sounds like the school needs some cheap rifle sacks ($5) to carry the guns in/out/around. A gun sack just isn't as threatening as a naked rifle.

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