Man Is Allowed to Sit Across From School With Rifle -- but That Doesn't Make It Right


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With the spate of school shootings our country has endured over the past several decades, it's no wonder that parents in Kansas are concerned about a man holding a rifle while sitting on his porch across the street from an elementary school. Even if you knew the weapon wasn't loaded or that this man had no intention of ever firing it, you still might feel as uneasy as these Wichita moms and dads do.

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So just what was the man, who goes by the name Kyle, doing out there with a rifle? Originally, it was believed that he was disgruntled about parking in his neighborhood, but according to CBS affiliate KWCH, that's not the reason. 

"Didn't feel like I was bothering anybody," Kyle told KWCH. "I am a hunter, I do like to hunt and I just wanted to sit on my front porch with my gun. I didn't think that was a big deal."

It might not be a big deal to Kyle, but seeing someone with a firearm in close range of a school is enough to startle anyone, including Ashley Badders, whose daughter attends Kelly Elementary School and who saw the photo of Kyle with his gun on social media. We're sure she's not the only parent who has the concerns she raised to the news station.

"I don't know what anyone else would get from his sitting on the porch with that gun," she told KWCH. "What is the reason? I mean, these are fifth grade kids and under."

While the Wichita School District maintains that it's aware of the situation, officials stated that the man's actions aren't illegal. In Kansas, no state permit is required to purchase a rifle, shotgun, or handgun, and state law does not generally prohibit the open carrying of a handgun. 

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While he's not breaking any laws, Kyle has to understand why this would give parents of these youngsters cause for concern. But it sounds like he has his own strong opinions, stating to KWCH: "People have the right to think what they want and believe what they want but just because I have a firearm, I'm not a bad person."

True, but if he continues to sit out there holding a rifle only because other people wish he wouldn't, it seems both oppositional and antagonistic.

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Because he hasn't pointed the weapon or made any threats, there's really nothing officials can do, which is probably little consolation to parents who just want to know that their kids are safe walking to and from school as well as while they're in the building. 

There are drug-free zones around schools, yet even as we just mark the four-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, we don't see gun-free zones popping up with such frequency. 

Moms like Badders are advising their children to walk in the opposite direction to avoid potential danger. We can't blame them.

Despite having the law on your side, scaring parents and kids just because you can and because it's not illegal is never the right thing to do. 

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