A no compromise Second Amendment organization is coming to the defense of a young student who was suspended for handling a toy gun during a virtual class session.
On September 10, 2020, the National Foundation for Gun Rights issued a press release announcing that it will be providing legal assistance to the family of twelve-year-old Isaiah Elliott.
In late August, Elliott briefly moved a toy handgun with an orange tip during his remote class at Grand Mountain School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In addition, the school vice principal directed resource officers from the sheriff’s office to carry out a welfare check. However, Elliott’s parents recounted that they did not receive any notification about the police visit until they were on the way to the boy’s household.
Upon arrival, the deputies informed the twelve-year-old that his behavior could have led to criminal charges. Further, they warned that if Elliott committed a similar offense in the future, he could potentially face criminal charges.
“School officials inflicting a five-day suspension on a small boy for having a toy gun in his own home is disgusting, declared Dudley Brown, President of the National Foundation for Gun Rights. “Instead of apologizing to the parents, the school took the outrageous step of sending law enforcement to further intimidate the child and parents.”
“It is our hope that a big win here will send the message to bureaucratic bullies everywhere to back off and stop harassing innocent children,” commented Brown.
A similar case in Colorado involved eleven-year-old Maddox Blow, who ended up finishing his online quiz early, and proceeded to grab an airsoft gun.
His teacher was able to catch this incident after watching a recording of the session. The teacher then called local police to visit Maddox’s home for a welfare check. Maddox would end up getting a four-day suspension.
At the moment, the National Foundation for Gun Rights is looking at all legal means to help these families who find themselves intimidated by education officials that are all too happy to use law enforcement against children.
Over the past decade, Colorado’s gun politics have moved in a decidedly anti-gun direction. Incidents like these show how far the state is descending in terms of anti-gun pettiness.
If it weren’t for organizations such as NAGR and its affiliates, the state would likely be getting away with even worse criminal actions.
The press release can be read here.
Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?
America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad
Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.
Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy.
In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”
Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.
That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.
Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:
“Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”
Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 24, 2020
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”
All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting:https://t.co/0g3jpVPsDm
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 24, 2020
The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change.
Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.
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