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

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Desertdog, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. Desertdog

    Desertdog Participating Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Ridgecrest Ca
    A follow up to earlier post; Man brings gun to school board meeting

    School board asks legislators to amend state gun laws
    By the Associated Press

    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."
  2. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Senior Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    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:
  3. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    Every real or imaginary problem requires government intervention of the most draconian type, I guess.

    Leftists are such cowards!
  4. denfoote

    denfoote Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Near the border of occupied Azlan and Mexico.

    Ahhhh yes.
    More "common sense" gun control!!
  5. I think it's sad we have idiots teaching our children.
  6. LAR-15

    LAR-15 Senior Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    What about knives and baseball bats?
  7. Colt46

    Colt46 Active Member

    Jan 29, 2003
    This says it all

    "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.
  8. spacemanspiff

    spacemanspiff Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    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!
  9. AnthonyRSS

    AnthonyRSS Active Member

    Apr 10, 2005
    N. Alabama
    He was probably carrying cause he is scared of the kids...
  10. garyk/nm

    garyk/nm Member

    Dec 17, 2004
    New Mexico, USA
    Tyrants don't like to see the means of their undoing openly displayed.
  11. afasano

    afasano Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    If your not a cop or something like that, libs see your gun jumping out of its holster and shooting someone. :what:
  12. Ezekiel

    Ezekiel Active Member

    Dec 8, 2003
    Kansas City, MO
    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.
  13. thorn726

    thorn726 Participating Member

    Dec 15, 2004
    berkeley, CA
    where do i start laughing?

    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


    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.
  14. Ezekiel

    Ezekiel Active Member

    Dec 8, 2003
    Kansas City, MO
    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...

    ...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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