A high school soccer game in Muskegon, MI was canceled after a man with a gun was spotted in the stands. Coaches asked the man to leave but he refused, though he did return the gun to the car. After some deliberation, head coach David Hulings and assistant athletics director Fred VandenBrand called the game with 30 minutes remaining. They felt the man posed too much of a risk.
“I thought it was necessary to clear the field of players and parents,” Hulings said. “It is regretful that the boys on both teams could not finish. I am sorry for the inconvenience, but I thought it best to err on the side of caution.
“Although I personally have no objection to, and do support, his right to carry, the school also has a right under the law to ask him to leave.”
Unsurprisingly, the incident has sparked a 2nd amendment debate with both sides providing logical and well-thought out opinions and nah, I’m just kidding. Both sides sound foolish as hell. No, seriously, you need to read the comments here, they’re “special.”
It appears most are missing the bigger issue here. The incident occurred at a private high school and the school asked him to leave (as is their right). They don’t have to provide an explanation, they don’t have to give you detailed reasoning, they can just do it.
He refused and thus, could/should have been arrested for trespassing. As one astute observer points out, “gun rights don’t trump property rights bro.” See, even the neanderthals get it.
It appears, above all, that this man wanted a confrontation, wanted to spark a “gun at schools” debate. He did so at the expense of teenagers who wanted to play soccer.
For that reason, and that reason alone, he is my asshole of the week.