NRA Gifts 8-Year-Old A Lifetime Membership Because That’s Exactly What An 8-Year-Old Needs

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riflesThe NRA never fails to sound more and more batty. Back when all of us were newly mourning the horrific tragedies in Newtown, the organization was making proclamations that there should be an armed guard at every school. The statement spurred a variety of reactions, but I have exactly one in response to 8-year-old Josh Welch getting a lifetime NRA membership: WTF.

Josh initially made headlines after he was suspended from school for chewing his Pop Tart into the shape of a gun and reportedly saying “bang, bang.” At the time of his suspension, the kid maintained that he nibbled his pastry into the shape of a mountain. Josh has reportedly been diagnosed with ADHD and struggles academically. But the little boy apparently really flourishes in artistic endeavors, perhaps explaining his proclivity to shape his snacks into whatever he fancies. Suspension seems much ado about nothing, I say.

Now, The Baltimore Sun reports that the NRA has welcomed Josh into their completely wacko embraces:

At a fundraiser for Anne Arundel County Republicans, House Minority Leader Nicholaus R. Kipke presented Josh Welch with the membership, which cost $550, during a tongue-in-cheek presentation that involved a Pop-Tart fashioned into pistol and gun safety tips…

Josh said he didn’t know what the NRA was or what it meant to have a membership, but chimed in when his parents were asked whether anyone else in his family belonged to the NRA.

“Nope, only me,” he said.

A lawyer is currently working on getting Josh’s absurd suspension expunged from his record. And hopefully Josh’s parents are going to strictly enforce the aforementioned “gun safety tips.” Unlike some parents.

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