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The Latest On Blake Douglass
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Salmoneye    Posted 11-21-2004 at 05:29:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
For those that remember, he is the kid that wants his shotgun in his senior picture...He is on his way to court to push the issue, and I say good for him...

Good grief!!!    Posted 11-21-2004 at 12:17:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think Blake would do better to take up fly fishin' and let the shotgun lay. I can't imagine a set of parents making an issue out of whether or not the kid can cuddle a gun in the year book. If they want to take him to a studio and have his picture made with a gun, more power to them. Then they can have them blown up and paper the walls of their double wide with them and point them out to visitors. Way I look at it, they are wanting a story to repeat and repeat at the nearest bar so all the other rednecks can say, 'Aow, 'at's rite! You tell 'em, Bubba!' Let Blake learn that in this world you have to conform, much of the time, to get along. What if next Bradley decides it doesn't make sense to drive on the right hand side of the road? Sheeeeesh!!!

Uh-Huh...    Posted 11-21-2004 at 12:34:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sheeple.... Maybe it's time the Libs conform...
So you think everybody that live in Manufactured housing a.k.a. "Doublewides" are Brain dead drunkin rednecks? Well I think all PC anti-gun Libs are Pansies, what prance around there Manhatten Apartment in their Penny Loafers and Titter with Glee, whenever Hil makes an appearance on T.V.....

Doc    Posted 11-21-2004 at 06:01:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, personally I think that is going a little to far. There is just no need for it. Someone just trying to push the envelope.

Having said that I'm proud to say that my 9 year old daughter has successfully past the Hunter Safety Course in Ohio. We are going to wait until she has more gun time on her with ground hogs, target shooting and such before she tackles deer hunting next year though.

Ron/PA    Posted 11-21-2004 at 05:56:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kind of amazing, when I was in school, we had a rifle team!
The times they are a changin. Best of luck to him.

Alias    Posted 11-21-2004 at 05:51:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Salmoneye, I'd agree with you except for one thing. The next kid might want to share his picture with a motorcycle or a pet pig or a prostitute or anything under the sun that suits his fancy. I know they aren't terribly flattering but when all the individual pictures are nearly the same, it is there for generations to see that the student wasn't some kind of weirdo.

Let's remember, if the schools have a no-gun policy, it cannot bend the rules for picture day.

tacon1    Posted 11-21-2004 at 06:34:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Alias, they have photos of some kids with their dogs, musical instruments, and even one posing with his car. I think I had heard that they were allowed to pose with things related to hobbies and his is trap shooting. If I remember correct, that's what started this, other hobbies were allowed but since his involved a gun it wasn't.

Salmoneye    Posted 11-21-2004 at 06:34:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry...I just disagree...

IMHO there is no difference between an Over-&-Under shotgon on a kids shoulder, or a Baseball Bat...

Both will kill you just as dead, just as fast...

In fact...Maybe that Bat should be illegal, as it comes equipped with a 'Silencer'...


Fawteen    Posted 11-21-2004 at 05:56:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
IIRC, he doesn't want to bring the gun to school, he wants to use a picture with a gun in the yearbook. Quite a difference there.

The drive to homogenize society, make everybody equal, dumb down the curriculum so everybody passes, arrange competetive events so everybody "wins", etc. ad nauseum, is just plain wrong, if not (in the long run) dangerous. Competition, individual initiative and survival of the fittest is what built this country. Making everything "equal" is what will kill it.

JMHO, your mileage may vary, void where prohibited...

Alias    Posted 11-21-2004 at 06:44:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fawteen, when I was in the Army, I was on the Pistol Team. It was something I did because I had a steady hand and a good eye. Before I left the army, I was put under undue pressure to re-inlist so I could remain on the team.

Now, what this all means is, because I fired a pistol I can identify with Douglass. Undoubtably, he is, as was I, proud of his ability. But, it's not worth going to court over. Sounds to me like he is working the system more than anything else.
C'mon, aren't there more important issues that need to be addressed.

Let us try to remember that school is an institute of learning. When it's over, most students go their separate ways. And, except for reunions, they seldom, if ever, cross paths again. And, when they do, their reaction is; That guy was always a little weird. Or, he/she would have been alright if he/she hadn't been so full of him/her self.

The point is, If you come away from HS with one or two lifelong friends you're ahead of the game. So, what about the others? They fade from memory. So, Douglass' court action is all about vanity over something that he thinks is real. But in 10 years it won't amount to a hill of beans. Because, no one will hire him because he had his picture taken with a broke-down shot gun.

BTW, didn't his parents ever consider taking photographs on their own? Or, are they going to open up a year book and point out to visitors that the picture of their son was as a result of some obscure court action? Is that to be their bragging rights in years to come?

I just think it's ridiculous but, I'm through ranting. ........gfp

Ron/PA    Posted 11-21-2004 at 07:09:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Alias, I'll present a different point of view.
When I went to school, they closed our local school and sent us off to town. Being farm kids wasn't cool, we wore jeans when the school said we couldn't, course thats what mom and dad could afford. Finally we all got transferred to a more rural school. There we all fit in, dungarees and all. In high school I joined the rifle team at the request of the instructor cause I'd been shooting most of my life. I also joined FFA cause it was the natural thing to do, Hey I was a farm kid.
Come year book time I could have had symbols next to my picture, a rifle, and a tractor, I chose neither, although it mentioned that I participated in both.
30 odd years later, I still attend my reunions cause we have a great time, guess what 2 questions I'm asked most?
Still Shootin?
Still Farmin?
Yeah they do remember!
I think the sad part is, that we have become so afraid of ourselves that it would take a court action to permit a picture such as this. Then again we suspended a 6 year old for making a gun out of his thumb and forefinger, and another for drawing a gun!
Sad but true.

Fawteen    Posted 11-21-2004 at 06:51:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I take your point that in the overall scheme of things, it's a relatively small issue, and may well be grandstanding rather than a really heartfelt crusade.

I guess my point is, that if he wanted to have his picture printed with his homos*xual lover, the ACLU would be all over it, but because it has to do with something as awful as a gun, why, it's beyond the pale!

And I, like you, am done fussing about it.

steve19438    Posted 11-21-2004 at 05:37:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
would your support of "blake" be as strong if he lived in the "inner city"???

Pitch    Posted 11-21-2004 at 05:53:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Steve, Are you just playing devils advocate here or are you serious? The shooting sports are a legal honorable and for the time being constitutionally protected pastime. A kid posing with a trap gun is a far cry from a gold necklace festooned tattoed gangmember posing in front of a crack house with his favorite ho and a mac10. The school has other hobbies portrayed and cannot be setting a double standard based solely on their perception of politcal correctness.
I am nut a gun nut altho I do own several and enjoy hunting and shooting on occaision I do not belong to and will not join the NRA because of their anything goes no regulations under any circumstances attitude.

steve19438    Posted 11-21-2004 at 06:06:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
if the school had a trap or rifle team as a school sponsored activity i would have no problem with blake's request. i hunt, my kid hunts and most of my family hunt. had my son requested the same thing for his high school photo i would have strongly argued with him against the idea. for his senior project he restored a "david bradley" tractor and took a tape to school for his presentation. that's what belongs in school, not guns, no way nohow.

Fawteen    Posted 11-21-2004 at 06:14:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why "not guns, no way, no how"?

I realize gang-bangers and druggies get all the press.

Why not counter it with constructive gun-related activities? Hunter safety, marksmanship?

Blanket disapproval of guns qua guns is kind of phobic, isn't it?

Fawteen    Posted 11-21-2004 at 05:40:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Would you be as much of a jerk if both brain cells were active?

Hoss    Posted 11-21-2004 at 06:17:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
steve19438, You should read "The Federalist Papers" and then the "Anti-Federalists".

steve19438    Posted 11-21-2004 at 06:08:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
tsk, tsk, tsk. it's sunday, be nice.

T16    Posted 11-21-2004 at 06:19:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
he was being nice, he was also asking a very good question. Readin your stuff kinda reminds me of listening to a 2 cyl JD runnin on 1.
A kid with a David Bradley could do alot of harm rampagin the halls of a crowded school, and even more if he was using his David Bradley.

steve19438    Posted 11-21-2004 at 07:02:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
"A kid with a David Bradley could do alot of harm rampagin the halls of a crowded school, and even more if he was using his David Bradley."

Burrhead    Posted 11-21-2004 at 09:45:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
don't pay it no never mind to Mz Farteen steve.

I do find it odd that the chief crybaby talerban that is giving you all the good free advice and opinion about quality pix is the same feller that post the pictures of himself cross dressing for us. I don't know as I would trust his opinion about quality childrens pix myself.

I see he brought along his trusty side kick for a back-up lady. How precious. If Stinker or one of the inbreds from NooHamShuh was here they could have a tea party.

A lil' Earl Grey...    Posted 11-21-2004 at 10:35:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Burr??? Let the kid pose with his Shotgun. P C run amok! This stuff was starting back when I was in school,30 years ago......

Burrhead    Posted 11-21-2004 at 13:00:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't have any problem with or without the shot gun.

It just looks moronic when a feller that post pix of himself crossdressing weighs in as a judge on quality control.

Fawteen    Posted 11-21-2004 at 11:16:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dear Burr:

Big. LOL!    Posted 11-21-2004 at 11:17:51       [Reply]  [No Email]

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