Firing Point

When T-Shirts Kill

Field & Stream Online Editors

Alan Newsom, a 13-year-old student at Jack Jouett Middle School in Charlottesville, Virginia, was threatened with expulsion for wearing a T-shirt that read NRA Shooting Sports Camp. The clothing violated the school's dress code, which prohibits "messages related to weapons." Newsom's family sued the Albemarle County School Board. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided in Newsom's favor, pointing out that under the school's policy, students could not display the Great Seal of Virginia, which features a spear and a sword. But perhaps the administrators are on to something: Guns don't kill people; T-shirts kill people.