If there’s one thing we tend to agree on regardless of ideology it’s that we shouldn’t be OK with kids having guns in schools. I mean, I’ve talked about how it wasn’t unusual to see a deer rifle or turkey shotgun in a truck’s gun rack when I was in school because people went hunting before class, but the guns stayed there even back then.
In this day and age, none of us are really thrilled with armed children. However, a school in Tennessee seems to be having a real problem with it.
What’s annoying, though, is the implication that this is somehow tied to the state’s new permitless carry law.
One school district in Tennessee has already seen five guns confiscated by law enforcement this school year.
The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department seized the guns from Metro Nashville Public Schools campuses between August 25 and September 16, according to local news station WKRN. The police also confiscated one firearm in the district in May.
Officials found three nine-millimeter handguns and several semi-automatic pistols.
Because nine-millimeters aren’t semi-automatic handguns?
I mean, I’ve seen some ways a nine-millimeter could be used in a revolver, but it ain’t exactly common.
Anyway, now that we’ve established once again that journalists generally don’t understand firearms at all, let us continue.
The problem, however, is that they also don’t understand basic cause and effect:
Earlier this year, a new law went into effect allowing those 21 and older to be able to carry a handgun, openly or concealed, without a permit in Tennessee. But in some areas, such as public parks and greenways, gun owners still need a permit to carry their weapons.
Democratic lawmakers and gun control activists slammed the bill, arguing it would only add to the increase in gun violence the county has experienced this past year.
“We’ve seen the rise in violence going on, it’s only going to get worse, because right now we’re going to have untrained people carrying guns that they do not know how to use,” Tennessee House Representative Vincent Dixie said when the law went into effect this July.
Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner warned the law could have unintended consequences. As a result, he said, his officers were undergoing additional training.
“This new law is opening Pandora’s box,” Bonner told another Nashville station, WREG. “It is going to be more challenging.”
What does this have to do with people under 21 bringing guns to school? Nothing. Not a damn thing.
However, that clearly won’t stop Newsweek from trying to connect the two. In their “defense,” they don’t explicitly say the two are connected. They say no such thing at all.
Instead, they put it in the story with the belief that the readers will make the connection.
Look, none of these kids are carrying lawfully. It’s still illegal for them to carry off-campus, so you can’t pretend the law somehow leads to them carrying on campus. To try and make such a case is beyond ridiculous, to say the least.
As such, there’s another reason these kids are carrying. One 18-year-old told authorities that he was carrying to protect himself in his neighborhood. It sounds like there’s either high crime or gang violence that needs to be addressed so children can feel safe without illegally arming themselves.
But nope. Newsweek wants you to think a permitless carry law that doesn’t apply to anyone involved is really responsible.
And they wonder why trust in the media keeps plummeting.