Todd Starnes at FoxNews reports the following:
An 11-year-old boy who hopes to become a Navy SEAL was suspended from a Maryland school last December after he used the word ‘gun’ in a conversation on board a school bus.
The sixth-grader at Northern Middle School in Owings was talking with a group of friends about the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre when the bus driver overheard the conversation.
“He said, ‘I wish I had a gun to protect everyone from the bad guys,’’ said Bruce Henkelman, the boy’s father. “He wanted to be the hero.”
Henkelman, who first shared his story with radio station WMAL, told Fox News that his son was interrogated by Principal Darrel Prioleau and a deputy sheriff – without their knowledge or permission.
“The principal told me if you say the word gun in my school – you will face a ten day suspension,” he said.
The incident happened just after the Sandy Hook shootings. Henkleman said he finally decided to speak out after a 5-year-old boy in their county was suspended for 10 days after he brought a toy cap gun onto a school bus.
Since the incident happened a day before winter break, the principal reduced the suspension to one day. But the family was ordered to complete an ‘intrusive’ four page questionnaire and the deputy sheriff said he would have to search their home — without a warrant.
“But he was emphasizing that it warranted a 10-day suspension,” he said.
Robin Welsh, the deputy superintendent for school system, confirmed to Fox News that the incident occurred. She also said there was misinformation about the case. However, she declined to go into any details citing federal and local confidentiality laws.
Welsh did point out that the principal of the middle school did nothing wrong.
“The principal followed our policies and procedures and absolutely did handle it in an appropriate manner,” she said.
Henkelman told Fox News that he is outraged over his son’s treatment at the hands of the school.
“I keep telling him that he did nothing wrong,” he said. “At the very least the principal owes him an apology. Our personal rights were violated.”
Henkelman, a retired Navy veteran, said his son is an honors student who pitches for the local baseball team. And the boy wants to be a Navy SEAL.
“That’s the context of the comments he made on the bus,” he said. “He wants to be a hero.”
“He’s infatuated with the Navy SEALS,” he said. “He thinks they’re great – how they go and save the world. The context was to protect people just like the police department does with their guns.”
After Henkelman picked up his son from school, the deputy sheriff said he would need to search their home.
“I said, by what authority and he said that he had to make sure the house is clear of guns,” he said.
The deputy arrived at their home 15 minutes later armed with a four-page questionnaire.
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On February 22, “Right Views” reported that a growing number of firearm companies have suspended the sale of guns to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens’ rights to own them.
In just two weeks, the number of companies participating in what has been named the “Firearms Equality Movement,” has more than tripled from 34 companies to 118.
The Police Loophole lists every company and links to the statements that each has released regarding their new policies.
Wilson Combat, a custom pistol manufacturer located in Berryville, Arkansas, joined the movement on February 28 stating the following:
“Wilson Combat will no longer provide any products or services to any State Government imposing legislation that infringes on the second amendment rights of its law abiding citizens. This includes any Law Enforcement Department, Law Enforcement Officers, or any State Government Entity or Employee of such an entity. This also applies to any local municipality imposing such infringements.”
Wilson lists the states included on its no sale policy as: California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Washington D.C. and The City of Chicago, Illinois.
The statement also reads:
“Wilson Combat will in NO way support the government of these states or their anti-gun agenda that only limits the rights of law-abiding citizens. Wilson Combat will continue to supply any product and/or service they can legally sell in these states to all non-government affiliated citizens.”
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Officials for Operation Rescue, one of the cutting edge pro-life organizations in the U.S. ever since it bought an abortion clinic to shut it down and convert the building into its pro-life headquarters in Wichita, are reporting the death of a woman in Maryland after her “medical procedure” went wrong and the abortionist couldn’t be reached.
The name of the victim, who was 33 weeks pregnant, was as yet unavailable, but Cheryl Sullenger, senior policy adviser for OR, said trusted sources had described the death of the 29-year-old woman after Leroy Carhart, who does late-term abortions out of the Germantown Reproductive Health Services, started the procedure and then was unreachable when there were complications.
The woman ultimately died at a local hospital, Sullenger’s source confirmed.
The 29-year-old apparently was undergoing a multi-day procedure used by late-term abortionists, Sullenger said.
“Sidewalk counselors saw her every day from Sunday to Wednesday. She appeared, later in the week, to be pale and weak,” Sullenger told WND today.
Early Thursday, there were complications, including chest pain and other discomfort, and the woman tried to reach Carhart but he was unavailable, the source reported. The woman then was transported to a local emergency room by her family where emergency workers also tried to reach Carhart, unsuccessfully.
The complication, apparently bleeding into the abdominal cavity, got worse, and she “coded,” or had her heart stop, six times, Sullenger’s source confirmed.
Emergency room doctors ultimately were unsuccessful at reviving her.
The source, who insisted on anonymity, reported an investigation into the death has been launched.
“We believe this incident supports our belief that this is a dangerous abortion procedure,” Sullenger told WND. She said it involves a shot that kills the unborn baby, and then the abortionist leaves the mothers unmonitored.
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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will urge state lawmakers on Wednesday to pass legislation requiring residents to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun, but Second Amendment advocates hope to drown out his message.
Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, will testify before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in favor of his bill, which would also ban assault weapons, limit magazine capacities to 10 rounds and require prospective gun buyers to complete a safety course and pay a $100 application fee.
However, gun-rights advocates will descend upon Annapolis to rally against a bill that they say tramples on gun owners’ rights and won’t stop criminals who carry illegal guns.
“The overriding problem with the governor’s bill is that it does little to address the bad guys with the guns,” said Delegate Michael D. Smigiel Sr., Cecil Republican, who said rally organizers are expecting 1,000 to 3,000 people. “It deals with ways of curtailing law-abiding citizens from being able to exercise their full Second Amendment rights.”
Mr. O’Malley proposed his legislation last month in an effort to fight gun violence and prevent incidents similar to last year’s deadly shootings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo.
While requiring a permit to carry a handgun in public is the norm throughout most of the U.S., only nine states currently require a license or permit to purchase a handgun, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Gun Policy and Research.
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Is it child’s play or a serious threat of gun violence? For the second time in less than a month, a Maryland child is kicked out of school for using his finger in the shape of a gun. Kai Jackson has more on the controversy.
No one is debating the importance of keeping children safe. The question being asked is what’s child’s play and what’s not?
Controversy at a Talbot County school after two six-year-old boys were suspended while playing cops and robbers during recess and using their fingers to make an imaginary gun.
“It’s ridiculous,” said parent Julia Merchant
This is the second time a Maryland child has been suspended for such play. Earlier this month, six-year-old Rodney Lynch was suspended from his Montgomery County school after pretending to fire an imaginary gun more than once.
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Families in Hurricane Sandy-ravaged New Jersey will face the highest tax increase as a percentage of their income – 6.82% or about $6,933 more in taxes — if Congress does not reach an agreement on the fiscal cliff tax issues during the lame-duck session, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation.
In its study of how the fiscal cliff would affect typical families in each state, the Tax Foundation reports that if the numerous tax provisions that are due to expire on Dec. 31 are not changed, a four-person family in New Jersey with a median income of $101,682 will see its taxes go up at a rate 6.82 percent of its income, which translates into about $6,933.
The tax issues in question are the expiration of the Bush tax rates, which also include the elimination of the 10 percent tax bracket and the reduced deduction for married filers; ending the 2 percent cut to employee-side Social Security taxes; and the Alternative Minimum Tax.
Maryland was ranked second by the Tax Foundation because a four-person family there, with a median income of $106,707, would see its taxes go up 6.74 percent as a percentage of income, or about $7,194.
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After a decade of defeats and dozens of rejections by voters across the United States, campaigns for same-sex marriage have found friendly voters in Maine, Maryland and apparently in Washington state, according to early returns.
There likely will be lawsuits against churches. Justices of the peace or other officials could have a bull’s-eye on their backs. Small businesses, such as photographers, venue operators and cake bakers will be hit with claims under anti-discrimination laws. And more.
That’s according to Frank Schubert, who has worked on campaigns to defend the traditional definition of marriage.
He worked on the four defense campaigns for the 2012 election in Maine, Maryland, Washington and Minnesota. In the first three, voters agreed with the concept of same-sex marriage, and in Minnesota voters declined to embed the traditional marriage definition in the state constitution. It already is a state law there.
Schubert noted that the 2012 votes don’t really indicate a significant change of attitude, because the votes all were in liberal enclaves around the nation. Massachusetts, New York and a handful of other states already had imposed the practice on populations through court or legislative fiat, while more than 40 others have banned it either in their constitution or their law.
Schubert noted that what will happen now in America already can be seen in Canada, which approved same-sex marriage in 2005.
In Canada, according to a report by National Review, there have been hundreds of formal complaints pursued against people who hold to the biblical instruction that marriage is between a man and a woman. They include a well-known television anchor on a major sports show who was fired only hours after he tweeted his support for “the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage.”
The report said he had only been defending a hockey player’s agent who was getting death threats for refusing to support a “gay” marriage campaign.
In the case, Fred Henry, the Roman Catholic bishop of Calgary, was threatened with litigation and charged with a human-rights violation after he wrote a letter to local churches on the church’s teaching on marriage, the report said.
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