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Do teenagers in NRA T-shirts offend you?

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School Officials Make Student Change Out of NRA T-Shirt

by Jenny Erikson

A few weeks ago, 16-year-old Haley Bullwinkle caused a kerfuffle when she showed up at Canyon High School in Orange County wearing a National Rifle Association T-shirt. School officials made her change shirts or face disciplinary action, because the shirt violated the school’s dress code against depicted acts of violence.

This of course outraged the interwebs, because duh, freedom, and until they stop serving mystery meat in the cafeteria, you can’t ban an NRA shirt for showing a picture of a man holding a hunting rifle for being “too violent.”

"I felt like they were violating my rights, my freedom of speech," the sophomore told the Los Angeles Times. "I want to be able to wear what I want to wear within reason."

On Thursday, the school did the right thing, in this writer’s opinion, and decided to let Bullwinkle and her classmates to wear NRA shirts on campus. Wise decision guys, especially considering that that drill team twirls fake rifles and your mascot is a Comanche Indian Chief, which as Bullwinkle’s dad pointed out, could be considered to be offensive to some.

He told KTLA-TV:

“I think that if you consider the hunter, the image of the hunter to be offensive, certainly there are groups that would consider the Comanche Indian chief to be offensive”

The school district superintendent issued a statement that “Campus staff will be trained so that an incident like this does not occur again.”

If I were in charge of that training session, I’d call it Common Sense 101. Just saying.

Do teenagers in NRA T-shirts offend you?

by on Oct. 7, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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by Gold Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Not at all, nor do I think a shirt that has a picture of a gun automatically depicts violence.

by Bronze Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

No, don't offend me. But teenagers don't know shit about NRA or rights or laws & shouldn't wear something just because they think it's "cool".

by on Oct. 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Not offensive at all to me

by Platinum Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 12:44 PM
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The gun worshipping culture that a sizable and extremely vocal segment of the US encourages bothers me.  I think its beyond ludicrous, totally unnecessary and incredibly costly in terms of lives lost and the cost to law enforcement who have to deal with yahoos all the time who have easy access to guns both legally and illegally because of the fact that we love our guns almost as much as we love our drugs and alcohol.

Why a teenager feels compelled to wear a t shirt that not only plays into that national glorification of firearms by combining guns and patriotic symbols but represents an organization that has lost touch with most gun owners is beyond me, other than thinking, like obviously a lot of people do on here, that its "cool".

Personally, I don't give a shit other than the fact that I find the NRA and its loony leaders repugnant and out of touch.  There are a lot of other things I deem more important that some kid's idiotic choice of wardrobe.

by Ruby Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM
If the school dress code says no weapons on shirts than it applies here. If there isn't anything in the dress code about it then it shouldn't matter.
by Woodie on Oct. 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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After reading this article  I too have to questions: Why do they allow the drill team/flag squad/whatever to twirl wooden rifles? And an Indian as their mascot? Come on! We can ALL get offended!

If they're going to continue down this line of reasoning then we need to also ban all military and hunting related items to include the banning of all camouflage clothing because it too refers to potential violence. No reference to police or firemen (they have axes) either. Anything red/black/hot pink/Royal Blue is pretty agressive as well, that's a psychological fact.

We need to also remove all references to superheros as well, because they use 'tools' in their pursuit of bad guys. We dont' want anyone in a tizzy over a loaded BatBelt in the lunch room.

This is why I'm all for school uniforms. Beige. Everyone shall wear beige.

by Milami on Oct. 7, 2013 at 1:26 PM
by Angie on Oct. 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Tee's don't offend me.  I question the wisdom of allowing teens to wear trashy sexual ones, but NRA does not offend me in the least.  I am not a republican, either.

by Silver Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 1:51 PM


I agree.

Quoting PamR:

I am not an NRA supporter, but it doesn't offend me.  I don't think it's appropriate for school, though.


by Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 1:56 PM
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Considering the NRA is for gun safety I don't see how it could be considered violent. 

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