Richmond School Board: Ban assault weapons, improve school safety
In a unanimous vote, the board passed a school safety resolution that makes a number of political statements, including a call for a ban on assault weapons and an appeal to strengthen background checks. The resolution was approved by the Council of the Great City Schools and has been taken up by other school boards across the U.S.
I had to email the board to… congratulate them. Particularly for this part:
NOW, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the School Board and RPS call on the Congress of the United States to ban the manufacture, sale, purchase, possession, and use of assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition cartridges, except those needed by the military and law enforcement.
In case that document disappears, or gets… revised, I saved a copy. A signed copy.
My email (the addresses are publicly listed on the RPS web site):
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SUBJECT: Congratulations on School Safety Resolution
You are now the laughingstock of the nation. Seriously: “large-capacity
Can any of you DEFINE “large-capacity ammunition cartridges”?
And may I assume that all of you are volunteering to take point on the raids to confiscate all the millions of “assault weapons” that no one turns in? (And can any of you DEFINE “assault weapon”?) You do realize that there are an estimated 16,000,000 AR-15 pattern rifles alone in circulation, in the hands of people who did not buy them to turn in?
Carl “Bear” Bussjaeger
Writer, The Zelman Partisans
About TZP: A group of Jews and friends who stand uncompromisingly for
the right to keep and bear arms — and the entire Bill of Rights.
When I first heard about this resolution, I very briefly considered emailing them to call them out on the idiocy of “large-capacity ammunition cartridges.” Then I decided it would be better to wait until they committed themselves. And they did it.
Added: Literacy is not the school board’s strength. I got a response:
Thank you for your note and for your advocacy!
Jonathan M. Young
Member, School Board
Richmond Public Schools
Added, 2: I guessed that Mr. Jonathan Young didn’t read my “note”. He then replied, saying, ” I did read it but I believe in always being polite; something that regrettably too few persons practice. I appreciate your advocacy and your passion; I would hope that all persons are mature enough to do the same.”
I suggested that he “could politely answer the questions,” which were not rhetorical.
Carl, I am sorry; in what municipality do you reside?
Apparently, having entered the national stage by demanding that the US Congress pass national legislation which would affect Americans across the country, he doesn’t think he should be answerable outside of his local district.