The Return Of The Finger Gun


If finger guns are made illegal, only those with fingers will have guns. No, wait..if fingers that can be be made into guns are illegal, only criminals will have fingers. No, that can’t be right…

I cannot resist posting this right after the previous post.

The last time Ethics Alarms discussed punishing children for making finger guns was in 2013. A six-year-old boy in Maryland’s ultra-progressive Montgomery County was suspended from school for making a finger and thumb gun gesture.

This came at the height of post-Sandy Hook anti-gun hysteria, though that was no excuse. I concluded the post,

This is, in order of importance,

  1. Child abuse. This young boy is being treated like a wrongdoer because the adults around him are acting like babies. Will they suspend him for making really scary faces next? Biting his pizza slice into threatening shapes?
  2. Proof of incompetence on the part of the school administrators. Why incompetence? They are stupid, that’s why. Only certifiably stupid people would think it is fair, sensible or reasonable to punish a first-grader for making a gesture kids have been making on playgrounds for hundreds of years, without a single casualty.
  3. Why many people lose respect for anti-gun zealots early in life. They forfeit all respect by acting like ninnies.

The dismaying aspect of this is ridiculous episode is that it has happened before in other schools, and clearly the message wasn’t sent clearly enough to the previous offenders–that is, the fools who victimized innocent children for miming, drawing or otherwise suggesting guns—that this kind of conduct is a career-ender. It should be; it has to be. Such irrational fearfulness, bad judgment, panic, disregard for the sensibilities of the young, lack of proportion and brain dysfunction forfeits all right to trust, and such fools must not be allowed to have power over young bodies and minds.

Nevertheless, it has happened again.

The Kansas City Star reports that a 12-year-old  girl formed a gun with her fingers, pointed at four of her Westridge Middle School classmates,  and then turned the weapon on herself.  The police were called, and she was taken out of out of school in handcuffs, then charged with the felonyof  “unlawfully and feloniously communicating a threat to commit violence, with the intent to place another in fear, or with the intent to cause the evacuation, lock down or disruption in regular, ongoing activities…”


A source told The Star that the bloody finger-gun massacre occurred after the girl was asked by another student , during a class discussion,  who she would target if she could kill five members of the class. In response, the girl allegedly used her finger gun to answer the question, aiming at five kids in sequence. The teacher, if she wasn’t completely incompetent, would have shut that discussion down before the student answered the question.

Everything I wrote in 2013 applies, but conservative wag Jim Treacher did have some quotable quips about the Kansas City shooter:

  • “The first rule of gun safety is to treat every gun like it’s loaded, even the one that’s literally just your thumb and forefinger.”
  • “Are we going to force kids to wear mittens year-round so they don’t accidentally shoot somebody?”
  • And, of course, the obligatory, “If finger guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have finger guns.”


22 thoughts on “The Return Of The Finger Gun

    • I agree DD

      I can no longer find the energy to debate these issue anymore. I feel like I am living in the “idiocracy”.

      I just want Horowitz and Durham to finish and give us the scoop on all things anti-Trump. Then I will wait for the insurrection and I ‘ll decide then how involved I will be.

  1. This story and the previous one highlights some of the unsustainable ideas modern leftist criminal reform espouses. The nine year old who actually killed people, has advocates saying he shouldn’t be punished as a killer, while a twelve year old is being charged with a felony for answering a dumb question in a dumb but non-violent way. In both scenarios I wonder where the adults were.

    The idea that actual criminals shouldn’t have to have appropriate consequences because of trauma or mental issues, sounds nice until that unhinged person moves in next to you. But elite lawmakers don’t generally have to worry about living next to a serial rapist or killer, so they get to live in the world of platitudes while regular folks have to live with the consequences. And if your want to be able to protect yourself from those “involved in justice” with your right to bear arms…forget it. I guess the “nice” thing to do is let yourself and family be attacked or killed (an answer to overpopulation I guess?) so you don’t hurt a criminals feelings.

    Then you have the hyper vigilance of gun haters who will literally put a kid in handcuffs for, in essence, wrongthink. How any of this isn’t seen as total chaos and control in line with some of the best dictators, is beyond me.

    • I have more sympathy for the adults on the murderous child than this one. At least on the former there is a level of sympathy towards the child that is totally missing here.

      • Because GUNS BAD. Fire not so bad. Fire GOOD! Need FIRE! Fire cook! Fire LIGHT! Fire make WARM! No ban FIRE! Ban GUN. Use GUN, even pretend, BAD!

        I think I’m going to talk like this from now on.

          • I certainly don’t think it’s a coincidence that the same party wants to eliminate the Electoral College, pack the Supreme Court, and implement censorship and hate-speech codes. That’s all about trying to consolidate the slimmest of majorities into absolute power. But I don’t see the connection to LGBT rights.

          • I’ve noticed that the same party that wants to infringe upon Second Amendment rights also wants to infringe on First Amendment, Fourth Amendment and Fifth Amendment rights, but I’m not sure what that has to do with supporting LGBTQ rights unless you believe the Second Amendment infringement is directly related to the Left’s belief that it results in violence against LGBTQ people…?

          • I think we have to define what supporting LGBT rights from the Left actually is currently. Most gays & gay leaning bisexuals I know don’t feel the Left is actually supportive of gays any more (and is downright hostile to lesbians…look up the terms “TERF” and “cotton ceiling” to get a better idea).

            • Well let’s list the ways the left has abandoned the LGB community. (I stopped at those letters on purpose.)

              First would be the adoration of Muslims by the left. Refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding is bad if you’re Christian. But advocacy of beheading gays is OK of you worship Allah.

              The left will condemn lesbians who refuse to date “women with a penis” or gay men who refuse to date a “man with a vagina” as bigots.

  2. Question

    If the child stuck out her arm, holding it up with her other arm around the elbow and went pow pow pow pow pow in rapid succession would that be an assault armament?

  3. Registration will not be required if you have your thumb and forefinger removed and can no longer form a “gun” or the dangerous “OK” sign. That’s just common-sense finger control; we won’t ask for anything more. You can keep your middle finger…….for now…unless you offend someone.

    • You can keep your middle finger…

      They can have my middle finger right now, for free.

      The first move anyone makes to remove ANY appendage from my body will encounter with a gun not made of any appendage of my body.

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