Today’s NRA-ILA Grassroots Alert outrage of the week.
This weekâ€™s outrage comes to us from Winchendon, Massachusetts where, in yet another case of “zero-tolerance” enforcement defying common sense, fourth-grader Bradley Geslak was suspended from Toy Town Elementary School for bringing a Memorial Day souvenir to school.
According to a May 29, Telegram.com article, a uniformed veteran gave the 10-year-old two empty rifle shell casings from blanks used during the townâ€™s Memorial Day celebration Monday morning. Bradley gave one of the empty casings to his grandfather and kept the other as a souvenir. The trouble began when he took his souvenir to school the next day.
“He was just playing with it at lunch,” explained Crystal Geslak, Bradleyâ€™s mother. â€œHe wasn’t showing it to anyone; he had it in his hand and was playing with it.â€
A teacher saw him with the harmless piece of brass and confiscated it. Ms. Geslak was then called at work and told to come and pick up her son, who had been suspended for five days!
Well, the problem is, if you don’t have a license to have a firearm in Massachuetts, you can’t even possess ammunition or ammunition components.Â Â The truth is, this kid and everyone involved in this situation is lucky that it’s only resulting in a five day suspension.Â Under Massachusetts law, both the kid, the veteran who gave the kid the empty shell casing, and the teacher to took if from the kid could be looking at two years in prison for having ammunition components without a license.
These are the “reasonable restrictions” that the Brady Campaign wants to impose on the rest of the country.Â And they call us “nuts” and “paranoid” for arguing that these regulations are anything but reasonable.Â Â Yet in this case, the following people could be looking at two years in jail:
- A 10 year old kid.
- One of our nation’s veterans
- An elementary school teacher
Sound reasonable to you?Â Me neither.