Common Ignorance

Lawmakers have long been jumping on the zero-tolerance bandwagon.  The problem is: Zero-tolerance laws make zero sense.

Several recent cases come to mind.

Certainly, the Scout who was suspended for having a pocket knife in his survival kit in his car tops the list. (Click here to read more.)

Another regards a school district in Des Moines, Iowa that suspended a girl for bringing spent shotgun shells to school for show-and-tell.

The girl went with her family to a ranch for a show that included a firearms demonstration and gathered the shells as souvenirs to show her science teacher and classmates.  When she brought them to school, she got suspended. (Click here to read more.)

Zero-tolerance didn’t work during prohibition and it doesn’t work to make schools any safer now. It’s time lawmakers fell off the wagon (pun intended).


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