Last month in Memphis, Tennessee, a Little Leaguerâ€™s father pulled a gun on the coach because his son wasnâ€™t getting as many at-bats as the other kids. Somehow the coach disarmed the angry dad. The stateâ€™s Department of Safety has suspended his handgun permit.
That father is lucky to have gotten off so easy. A gunfight might have erupted if the coach in Memphis had been like the assistant coach of the Fruitport Soccer Club in Michigan. When a father confronted him about his yelling and swearing at his team of 8- to 10-year-olds, the coach drew a pistol and pointed it at the man. Heâ€™s been charged with felonious assault.
If you canâ€™t go to the field without cursing at 8-year-olds and carrying a gun, itâ€™s time to hang up that whistle. In fact, letâ€™s all agree to leave our firearms, knives, and other deadly weapons at home when attending childrenâ€™s sporting events. And letâ€™s remember that youth sports exist to entertain, exercise, and educate our children. After all, not getting what one wants â€” whether itâ€™s playing time, a league championship, or a son whoâ€™s the next Ken Griffey, Jr. â€” is a rite of passage on the way to well-adjusted adulthood.