The national debate on guns has now escalated to breakfast foods after a recent incident in which a 7 year-old second grader from Maryland was suspended for two days after chewing his Pop Tart brand toaster pastry into the approximate shape of a gun, which he then pretended to shoot at classmates.
While members of the gun culture have lambasted the school officials for what they say is political correctness and zero-tolerance gone amok, a representative of The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said Tuesday that her organization supports the actions of the school. "We can't have children thinking that guns are something to play with or joke around with," said Brady Campaign spokesman Sarah Huntington. "Today, the child might have gooey, sticky, heavily-processed fruit on his hands, but tomorrow it might be blood."
Those remarks were made at a press conference where the Brady Campaign called on parents to boycott the Kellogg's Company for producing food that can be easily converted into fully eat-o-matic weapons. The group even started a Facebook page for the boycott.
The National Rifle Association wasted no time in striking back at the boycott. "Our nation has a long and proud history of little boys playing with their food," said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. "If you take away gun-shaped Pop Tarts, then only the bad kids will have food weapons. The answer is more Pop Tarts," he stressed. NRA is planning on passing out free Pop Tarts at the Texas Motor Speedway on April 13th, a day it is dubbing "Pop Tart Appreciation Day". The NRA is sponsoring the NASCAR race at the speedway that day. Kellogg's will also run a car.
Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert introduced a bill late Tuesday requiring schools receiving federal funding to allow children to carry concealed Pop Tarts in their lunch boxes. Chick-fil-A has offered to start selling pre-formed gun-shaped Pop Tarts with its meals if it can get any attention from conservative radio by doing so.
Update: 3/5/2012 - 10:17 p.m.: Local retailers are reporting that stocks of Pop Tarts have been depleted as local gun enthusiasts rushed in to stock up. One disappointed shopper had this to say: "It's bad enough that Obama wants our guns, but now he's taken away our Pop Tarts. We need to stock up on them now while we still can, since 'el presidente' will just use an executive order to make them stop producing them." Tom Thumb spokesman Bill Millhouse said the best bet is to show up around 7 a.m. when the trucks come in, and try to stock up at that point. Millhouse said his store would be limiting customers to no more than 1 box of fruit-flavored Pop Tarts, but that they would not be setting limits on the chocolate ones. "Those things are just nasty," said Millhouse.
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I saw this ad yesterday on Facebook, and was sickened by the idea that a judicial candidate would stoop to this:
Willett is a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court, which is the highest civil court in Texas.
The Judicial Code of Conduct seeks to preserve the integrity of the justice system in Texas by holding judges and justices to a higher standard of conduct and impartiality.
From the Judicial Code of Conduct, Canon 5:
CANON 5 Refraining From Inappropriate Political Activity
(1) A judge or judicial candidate shall not: (i) make pledges or promises of conduct in office regarding pending or impending cases, specific classes of cases, specific classes of litigants, or specific propositions of law that would suggest to a reasonable person that the judge is predisposed to a probable decision in cases within the scope of the pledge;
So there he is selling himself for re-election based on the outcome of a case that is still being litigated, and portions of which may continue to be litigated in the future, depending on the outcome in the U.S. Supreme Court.
I really dislike the notion that we need partisan judges who sell their positions on given topics rather than their general qualifications or philosophy. It is a shame that the last branch of government that had any integrity or appearance of integrity is slowly allowing itself to sink to this level.
I hope the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct will investigate Willett's campaign and make this Justice comply with the the law.