First there was the Virginia Tech massacre report that was released just the other day that called for "banning guns 'on campus grounds and in buildings unless mandated by law' and performing background checks for purchases at gun shows," even though "Virginia Tech, like most universities in Virginia, already has a policy prohibiting guns on campus, and Cho Seung-hui (the mass murderer) didn't purchase either weapon at a gun show." (source)
Now there's this:
Buena Vista's mascot drops pistolsZero tolerance. Makes sense. Can't be having a gun-totin' two-foot tall cartoon character mascot if the school doesn't allow guns on campus.
Parry McCluer High School won't tolerate guns, including Sam's, the principal said.
By Jay Conley, The Roanoke Times
A longtime high school mascot in Buena Vista won't be packing any heat this fall. Parry McCluer High School, whose sports teams are known as the "Fighting Blues," has for years used a takeoff on the Warner Bros. cartoon character Yosemite Sam as the school's mascot.
But while the Buena Vista school's version of ol' Sam will continue to wear his pirate garb (unlike the cowboy get-up of Bugs Bunny's perennial foil), broad-brimmed hat and menacing sneer, gone are the flintlock pistols Sam had waived in the air as a sign of his fighting spirit.
Parry McCluer Principal Haywood Hand said the decision to create a new logo this year, sans firearms, was a simple one, really.
"If we have zero tolerance of guns in schools, we don't want to have them in our logo," he said in a statement released Friday. "It is hypocritical to promote a mascot with a gun in each hand." (link)
That is, of course, if you're willing to believe that a a gun-totin' two-foot tall Disney cartoon character is going to have an influence on your child's sense of right and wrong.
Meanwhile, thousands of Cho Seung-huis are wandering the streets of America ...
For the love of God.