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Ohio parents fuss about gun shop sponsorship of youth baseball

By Blade (Toledo, OH)

LAMBERTVILLE -- If there's no crying in baseball, there probably shouldn't be politics, either, but a local gun shop's sponsorship of a youth baseball team in Bedford Township has some parents crying foul about the message it sends.

The Cubs are an age 6-8 team in the 3B Baseball league. The league is a nonprofit, and 3B officials say they use concession sales and sponsorships to break even.

Todd Bruning wanted to sponsor the Cubs because his two children play on the team. But when players got their jerseys Thursday, some parents were upset that the name of Mr. Bruning's business -- Todd's Guns of Lambertville -- adorned the front of the shirt.

Coach Barry Walters said he wouldn't let his son wear the jersey. He disagrees with gun shop advertising with a kids' team, especially after the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut that left dozens dead at the elementary school.

"Don't use my kid as a billboard to promote guns," he said.

Other parents thought the shirt was inappropriate. Carri Dively wasn't at practice when the jerseys were distributed, but said she's glad other parents have raised their concerns. Tom Rogroff said it would be different if the children were older; in adult leagues, players could have had a say in who sponsored the team.

And Amy Barnes said she doesn't have anything against guns or gun shops, but doesn't want her son wearing a jersey that advertises for guns.

"I think it was a [bold] move to just assume a parent is fine with their child having something about firearms on a baseball jersey," she said.

Mr. Bruning said he just wanted to support his kids and the community. His children were excited when they got their jerseys, especially when they saw their father was the sponsor. He said he wasn't looking to make a political statement or change any minds about gun ownership.

"The money is for the kids," he said.

League officials said they don't discriminate against advertisers. The league needs businesses to help cover expenses and defray costs for some kids who can't afford to play without financial assistance, said Matt Wagenhauser, who handles sponsors and uniforms for 3B.

Mr. Wagenhauser said the league tries to have local businesses advertise and sponsor teams. That preference for keeping things local was what league officials had in mind when they approved Mr. Bruning's sponsorship.

"This is about kids," Mr. Wagenhauser said. "It's not a political message, it's not an insensitivity to what's going on in the world."

Besides, Mr. Wagenhauser said, guns and hunting are not exactly unpopular topics in southeast Michigan, where some schools excuse students for the start of hunting season.

League officials told parents they will pay to cover up "Todd's Guns" if they object, and Mr. Bruning said he's fine with that.

"I have no problem with it whatsoever," he said. "If the parents don't want guns on their shirt, just give them another shirt."

Cubs parents said they were OK with the compromise too. The team's season starts today.


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  1. 7papa7Comment by 7papa7
    April 27, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    If they don’t like it take their kids out.

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    • latigoComment by latigo
      April 27, 2013 @ 9:52 am

      They could play soccer. That’s a good game for that sort.

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    • bull57Comment by bull57
      April 27, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

      Well I will tell you what people. I want all of you to come up with the cash to sponsor the team! This man puts up a bunch of money to do good for the kids and y’all wine. Kiss My Arse you bunch of wimps. Have your kid play soccer then like Latigo said.

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    • dickgComment by dickg
      April 27, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

      Perhaps they can find a sponsor that sells kitchen accessories. You know, knives, and pressure cookers, and such!

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    • nobodysfoolComment by nobodysfool
      April 27, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

      Remember the comment by Gov. Arnold in California about, who was it, some of his fellow politicians? Girly men? Looks like some of these kids have parents with the same mind-set that are getting them off to a good start.

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  2. gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
    April 27, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    We were not lucky enough to have someone step forward and offer sponsorship – we had to play ‘shirts and skins’.

    I’ll lay even-money, none of the complainers survived the ’40′s and ’50′s.

    Most of the time, people complain just to hear themselves talk, when otherwise, no one will listen to then.

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    • dickgComment by dickg
      April 27, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

      “I’ll lay even-money, none of the complainers survived the ’40′s and ’50′s.”
      I’ll lay ODDS that none of them were even BORN in the ’40′s and ’50′s!

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  3. cgretiredComment by cgretired
    April 27, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    What if a liquor store sponsored the team? Would that also be cause for complaint? Pretty soon this so-called administration will have to appoint a czar that will oversee who can sponsor youth sports and what can be on their shirts.

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    • allendavidComment by allendavid
      April 28, 2013 @ 10:15 am

      Does anyone believe the children care about the word GUN on their
      jersey’s? This Father put out a good bit of $$ for his son’s team, on entrance fee’s, equip. fee’s and umpires not to mention Trophies etc. Maybe these bitchy bleeding heart political correct parents would feel better if “Planned Parenthood” or “Gosnell Abortion-Clinic” sponsored the team.
      Hey I know, How about an Executive Order to fix it!
      This kind of B.S makes me want to PUKE!

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  4. Boobie The Rocket DogComment by boobietherocketdog
    April 27, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    The CUBS are part of a league, right? There ought to be enough supportive parents to fill one team’s roster without the sponsor having to make such a compromise just for other, spineless parents.

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    • dearolddadComment by dearolddad
      April 27, 2013 @ 9:52 am

      I hope these guys take the league championship, but … wait … I bet they don’t have a “champion” because they don’t keep score and everybody gets a trophy!

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  5. siquijorislandComment by siquijorisland
    April 27, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    is baseball mandatory for complainers.

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  6. Gabrielle SymeComment by Gabrielle Syme
    April 27, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    Well . . . while I have no problem with guns, and my baseball-playing son would think this sponsorship was pretty cool, let’s look at why there should be some sort of guidelines.

    I would certainly NOT want my son to wear anything sponsored by a local LGBTQ group. Same goes for terror-financing-but-in-denial group CAIR. Ditto for any local business with the word “hookah” in it. Needless to say, I wouldn’t want Planned Parenthood sponsoring any teams.

    All my examples are recognized as legal. They all seem to be groups that would be happy to paste a logo on children, if they could get away with it.

    So, yeah. Laissez-faire I might otherwise be, I think some sort of guidelines need to be put in place. Otherwise, even KIDS’ BASEBALL will become a casualty in the culture wars!

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  7. mysticComment by mystic
    April 27, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    The Father of Propaganda, Edward Bernays (nephew to old Siggy Freud), wherever he may be, is smiling from ear to ear to see his precious idea’s so thoroughly and completely used within the American psych today. His fundamental propaganda has spread like wild fire…and is so pervasive within our national speak, we barely even notice it is there.

    Guns, pictures of guns, the word ‘gun’, kids forming their hands into guns, eating pop tarts into shapes of guns, Hello Kitty Bubble guns, BB Guns (poor red rider) has now become ‘verboten’ within our new level of hysterical PC speech. No one could have swept through our nation with fear and loathing faster then old Satan himself. “Gun” has become synonymic with Evil…Evil= Devil…and therefore loathed as much and twice as scary to these milk toast, hand wringing, PC parents and teachers who hysterically cry wolf at every turn. Makes me sad to say it, but those who scream in hysterics are the problem and will never understand a solution. Makes me sad for my country.

    We’ve all heard the weak rational’s: “It’s for the children” being the most used and usually whispered in cries of fake/mock pain at the tragedy of “Newtown” Ct., is enough to make even the strongest of stomach lurch. Within today’s every day parents, the supposed newest terror….the gun. Not the psycho who pulls or uses said gun….no no…just the gun. We can’t call these sick individuals for what they are…as that is politically incorrect. “It’s not their fault” is the one excuse/rational that makes my stomach loose it’s Rice Krispies the quickest. “It’s not the parents fault”, or “It’s too hard or too expensive to get the help their child needed!” Oh, say it ain’t so…too hard? Too expensive? Riiiggghhhtt… tell it to Oprah folks..maybe she’ll buy it; this little Ca. woman ain’t towing that line for no body. It’s a bold face lie…and ‘they’ (the powers at be pushing this newest pablum) know it.

    So to this story in little sleepy Ohio town we go..where nothing ever happens and most likely never will..hand wringing parents who whipped themselves into a frenzy over the word gun on their sweet angels (yeah right sweet angels my butt! Little monsters more like..cute monsters but still monsters.)sports jerseys. The question one has to ask is why? To feel as if they are doing something about the drug culture? To be proactive in keeping some sick/mentally twisted person from ever hurting anyone with a Gun (but a knife is ok..or baseball bat or crowbar right? roll eyes)

    Are their actions an attempt (lame as it may be) to join the national lexicon and feel apart of that great discussion that should wipe all guns off the face of the earth and no one will ever have to worry about dying by the bullet of said evil gun? No’s none of the above. They don’t know what to do so they do the absolute least to balk the most on a topic they don’t understand or wish to understand. They complain about a word… then go home to their safe little lives in safe little towns and suburbs and wait for the next ‘word’ to pop up that they can harpoon in public to continue feeling safe.

    One word comes to mind…Lemmings. Political lemmings. Sad? Yes, but oh so true.

    My first Grandchild is on her way. We expect her in August. (Yes, we are very excited.) Her father is a gun enthusiast, and little soon to be Daddy’s girl will learn all about every gun Daddy has at his disposal. Does that bother me? Not in the least. As soon to be Grandma and Grandpa will be doing the same. A well protected and educated child is a safer child in today’s mixed up, upside down, backward Alice in Wonderland trap that has most of the nation paralyzed.That education will include how to protect one’s self to one’s best ability for any situation. Not just guns. This is what we must do for our children. Educate, teach, and take the time to give them ALL the tools they may need to protect themselves and safe from harm. Hand wringing won’t save your kids…. teaching them how to protect themselves will.

    And the word gun? Well, we could switch that word with any other ‘verboten’ word at this point… as all of PC’ism kingdom will never be able to see past the hyper paranoia over words and instead by easy targets for the next sicko; simply standing frozen in the face of true violence, not knowing what to do or praying to God someone in the crowd will protect them….most likely, with a gun.


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    • walkermanComment by walkerman
      April 27, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

      I don’t know who you are but I would vote for you for President. I wonder if the kids that died in Newtown had been killed with a piece of 2×4 lumber these parents would be against a lumber company sponsoring the team. Crazies are always going to find a weapon to kill with. I remember my first “Red Ryder”. There is picture in the family album of me with it and it is taller than I am. Fact is I have one still new in the box to pass on.
      A safe kid is one that is knowledgeable about guns.
      The ones that are not are the “curious” ones that get hurt when they get a chance to get hold of one.
      I tell kids “If you are ever at a friends house or anywhere else and see a gun, go tell an adult immediately. Don’t touch it.”. A child that hasn’t been properly educated about guns and comes across one will be the curious one that gets hurt.
      God Bless America. We need His help.

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    • dagneyComment by dagney
      April 27, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

      EXCELLENT! So refreshing to see common sense posted on the web, anywhere on the web. With everything we parents do to promote good values, conservative thoughts in finance and money, good morals, sportsmanship, etc, we have a generation starting with my age and younger who want and EXPECT the collective to make all the hard decisions, and to be told how to cope. What a sad statement that we have used our freedom in this country not to continue to build the best nation on earth, but to complain, sign onto Political correctness, and whine. FREEDOM AND LIBERTY MEANS HAVING GUNS AND EDUCATING YOURSELF ON THE USE OF THE GUNS and exercising your 2nd Amendment rights of self-protection. So sad to see America die, in my lifetime, of addiction to more regulations, more government, more rules, and more anti-depressants, and less freedom and what made us great…guts. Thanks for the comments you posted Mystic.

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    • manguscoloradoComment by manguscolorado
      April 30, 2013 @ 11:05 am

      WE THE PEOPLE can end this PC stuff coming our of our education system – Do this project and DC will have no ability to run our schools and the items we want taught to our kids – return powers to the State and Local governments – no more IRS, EPA, DOE, NDAA, HSS, just the Original Constitution limits on DC and the Courts.—group-overview-and-proposal.html

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  8. spiritof76patriotComment by spiritof76patriot
    April 27, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    Simple solution: Before the team rosters are chosen, advise parents which teams are sponsored by whom and then the parents can choose if they wish to keep their precious little darlings off any team. I’d bet those kids on the gun shop team will prevail against most of the teams with kids who’s parents base their life choices on being politically correct…a great teaching opportunity to educate kids on the realities of life!

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    • 1389ADComment by 1389AD
      April 27, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

      Excellent idea!

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    • prairelivingComment by praireliving
      April 27, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

      Good idea! I’d sign my kid up for the gun shop sponsored team. No question.

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    • dickgComment by dickg
      April 27, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

      Ah, Yes. I long for the days when a woman might great her male friend as May West did with:
      “Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

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  9. kingster1024Comment by kingster1024
    April 27, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    This is crazy I am glad my kids don’t play baseball because they might have a ford sponsorship and I don’t like fords ,this is just stupidity what happened to good old USA

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  10. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    April 27, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    If a furniture store was the sponsor, would the store’s name be on the shirts?

    If sponsor’s names are allowed, parents might object to who the sponsor is, but nobody should complain about the name being there.

    Parents who object to this particular sponsor should put up the money themselves, or pull their kid out of the program.

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  11. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    April 27, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    Perhaps,NO establishment of ANY sort should be allowed to ‘advertise’ on the uniforms, or other paraphenalia, of ANY amateur sports team. Please include the Olympics in that dictate.

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    • SnowyComment by Lena
      April 27, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

      That would mean that the parents of these fragile pampered children would have to pay for the shirts themselves instead of getting them for free at the expense of the business whose logo appears on them.

      I say take any kids who will be psychologically affected by the image of a gun out of baseball. They are definitely not tough enough to risk being hit by a ball. Wrap them in cotton batting and sing kumbaya to them instead.

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    • ryan26102003Comment by ryan26102003
      April 27, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

      Trust me, sponsoring a children’s little league team is something you do to support the community.
      You will get absolutely no return for your investment if you are looking at the sponsorship as real marketing you will be VERY disappointed!
      However, if some parents complain about your sponsorship of their child’s baseball team, AND it gets national attention, YOU’VE HIT GOLD!
      Congratulations “Todd’s Guns” this was the BEST ADVERTISING YOUR MONEY COULD BUY!

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  12. petercComment by peterc
    April 27, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    Some people are just too damn stupid to be allowed to have kids.

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  13. jmikes1951Comment by jmikes1951
    April 27, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    Gee when I played Little League Baseball we had a Funeral Home as a sponsor and I’m not dead yet.

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  14. rzraickComment by rzraick
    April 27, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

    We are so protective of our kids. Yeah, right. If we cared about our children, we would:
    Take them out of government indoctrination centers and school them at home.
    Stop allowing the government to spend them into permanent debt slavery.
    Protest against our government’s causal killing of innocent children in foreign counties and calling it collateral damage.
    The list could be expanded but ther is no end to the hypocrisy.

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  15. freddie3Comment by freddie3
    April 27, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    What concerns me is that idiots have children.The gun shop is doing these kids and parents a favor by sponsoring a team.
    With the liberals running the education system I am surprised that kids can read and understand the word gun.

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  16. darralComment by darral
    April 27, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    The man has a business, the man put his money up, the man has right to put his business name on the shirt, Parents who don’t like it have the right to remove their kids, case closed, Gun Control is Treason, Read Dr. Edwin Vieira Jr. Essay, Dare call it Treason, and call it what it is TREASON, Abolish this Destructive Treasonous Democratic Party.

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  17. jwrightComment by jwright
    April 27, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    What a bunch of Political Correctness BS. If you don’t want the business support for you stupid little league team fine, but let’s look at the biased BS message YOU are sending. The real message here is to be a leftist pansy and forget the U.S. Constitution and what it stands for.

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  18. nobodysfoolComment by nobodysfool
    April 27, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

    More p.c. b.s. from the chicken little crowd. You would think parents would be happy to get any kind of sponsorship from local businesses now that lemonade stands and cookie sales from a homemade booth have been outlawed by the Feds. What great role models these parents are proving themselves to be, huh?

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  20. dogbreathComment by dogbreath
    April 28, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    Tell those town crybabies to get their money out or shut it.

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  21. pitbullloveComment by pitbulllove
    April 29, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    First, Lambertville and Bedford are in MICHIGAN. Someone please correct the headline! But I agree, too much PC ****. we’re raising a bunch of kids that are afraid to speak up for fear of offending someone, or getting expelled for biting their friggin’ pop tart in the shape of a gun.

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  23. konradoComment by konrado
    May 11, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    It could have been worse it could have been sponsored by a dentist Konrad O. DDS

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