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Published: Sunday, March 10 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Nan BW
ELder, CO

I agree, Mr. Will. It reminds me of the time a grandson found an empty 22 shell and put it in his pocket. He found it there later, at school, and a huge tempest in a teacup, or huge tempest over a 22 shell resulted. When his parents asked why it was such a big deal they were told that an empty 22 shell is dangerous. This was several years ago so the psychological implications weren't tossed around, but our grandson was certainly confused about why he was in such big trouble. Should he have left it on the ground to endanger others? Should he have taken it to his teacher? The problem with the latter is that school authorities would doubt that it was found and suspect the student was sneaking into a shooting range to steal empty shells, or that he his parents had a hoard of such shocking little objects. Indeed, we have gone far astray in permitting our government to get out of control. Once out of control, like a nasty temper tantrum, it is so hard to reverse the outcome.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

Will is right this was a ridiculous over reaction by this ONE school but it is equally ridiculous to paint everyone that supports some common sense gun regulations with the same brush as this ONE school.

charisol
Smithfield, UT

If you think this was about gun regulations, you missed the whole point. It's about 1984. It's about thought and speech regulation. And he's right. It's getting a bit crazy out there.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@charisol

Reall? please do tell us where you see this happening.

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

Thanks George. Another brilliant dissection of the increasing stupid mentality and behavior of far too many governmental "fix-it-alls".

It is becoming more and more apparent that we've got something going on in our country that is far worse than a "Penny wise, pound foolish" approach to problems, both imagined and real.

What we have is a counter-productive "letter of the law" obsession which completely ignores, or worse still, effectively negates real remedies to **real** problems, even if there were some reasonable "spirit of the law" found hiding somewhere amidst the piles of regulating protocols.

Worst of all is my sense that this is only one small manifestation of a self reinforcing, downward spiral of incompetence (at best) and/or malfeasance (at worst), with cascading effects extending far into the future.

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