2016’s infamous swing-voter-for-Trump Ken Bone resurfaced Thursday evening when he claimed his son was suspended from school for a photo of him doing target practice with what appears to be an assault rifle. Right-wing Twitter soon picked up on the claim — and ran with it.
Bone initially posted the photo earlier this week in response to Kyle Kashuv, a conservative Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, claimed he was interrogated by police for shooting an AR-15 at a gun range.
“Here’s a pic of my son learning to shoot safely under my supervision,” Bone tweeted to Kashuv. “Maybe those security guys want to talk to him.”
Here's a pic of my son learning to shoot safely under my supervision. Maybe those security guys want to talk to him. pic.twitter.com/tLAfnVJv9z
— Ken Bone (@kenbone18) April 24, 2018
On Thursday, Bone posted the photo again, this time saying it led to his son’s suspension.
“Remember this photo from a few days ago?” he tweeted. “Well, a school administrator saw it and now my son is suspended from school pending a police investigation.”
Remember this photo from a few days ago? Well, a school administrator saw it and now my son is suspended from school pending a police investigation. pic.twitter.com/tTXSBDo39g
— Ken Bone (@kenbone18) April 26, 2018
Almost immediately after the tweet was posted, National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch retweeted it, adding her own commentary for good measure.
“Seriously?” she posted along with her retweet.
NRATV’s Cam Edwards soon followed suit by falsely insisting there was “no problem” when students walked out of classes to protest gun violence and suggesting there’s a double standard in the treatment of Bone’s son.
Students walk out of school to push gun control: no problem!
Students go to range with dads during non-school hours to learn gun safety: suspension. https://t.co/j06eUoWv5x
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) April 26, 2018
Check out more responses below:
If you were wondering what else this week needed to really cap the tremendous cultural/political conversation, it’s definitely famous red-sweater-wearing-undecided-voter Ken Bone. https://t.co/i0a5N5ClL2
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) April 26, 2018
Get a good lawyer. Until the schools feel the weight of conservative lawsuits for a change, they will continue to buckle only for the liberal threats of legal action and financial burdens of defense. https://t.co/zYFl92gBDM
— ⭐️Texas Todd⭐️🤠 (@TXNativePatriot) April 26, 2018
UNBELIEVABLE. We're now suspending students for exercising their 2nd amendment rights NOT during school hours.
— Michael (@Michael2014abc) April 26, 2018
In Millstone Township, NJ, where I lived grades 8-12, lots of students skipped the first few days of hunting season. Schools said nary a word.
Things are going to go very badly if the state reaches into the family via the school system like this.
— Nathan, son of Robert (@NathanWurtzel) April 26, 2018
First, they take the guns (they’re killing our kids). Then they take our freedoms as we will have no guns left to defend against their tyranny. https://t.co/7ilnSU5bk4
— StacyLStiles (@StacyLStiles) April 26, 2018
Can't a dad take his son to the range without a backlash. Thought this was the land of the free. https://t.co/UgSbU3Beqk
— Western Patriot (@westernpatri0t) April 26, 2018
Another potential law suit. If we allow despicable school officials to dictate activities outside of school, we're allowing a horrible precedence.
Has a student been suspended for posting pics of him/her doing pot or drinking alcohol?
— Leo Taylor (@triman4life) April 26, 2018
That’s totally awful!!! The school CANNOT suspend someone for what they do outside of school property. Also, the police have NO reason to investigate, because what Ken’s son is doing is 100% legal. I’m on your side @kenbone18 Everyone tweet out #SaveBoneFamily https://t.co/25WoBrJHYR
— ZFerg (@z_fergis) April 26, 2018
STOP LETTING VAMPIRES STEAL YOUR TAX MONEY AND USE IT TO DESTROY YOUR CHILDREN.
They force you to give them your earthly treasure (money) at gunpoint.
They use your money to force a wedge between you and your eternal treasure (your children).
Withdraw sanction. https://t.co/7HljmER1Cy
— 🚁Comrade Welderburn Outgroup Survival Tech🚙 (@RdBull_FluxCore) April 26, 2018