Maryland boy Josh Welch, 8, was presented a lifetime membership to the National Rifle Association at a fundraiser on Wednesday night, just a few months after his Anne Arundel County school suspended him for biting a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun.
"Everyone keeps asking me why I did it," Welch said. "I don't know why I did it. I wish people would stop asking me about it. It'll probably go on for 45 years or something."
House Minority Leader Nicholaus R. Kipke presented the $550 membership to Welch, who slipped the certificate to his parents and continued to play games on his phone. Welch said he didn’t know what the NRA was, but felt pride in knowing he was the only one in his family to have a membership. He later received a standing ovation.
At the fundraiser, he was also given an autographed picture of himself with David Keene, the past president of the NRA and keynote speaker.
Park Elementary offered counseling to any student who needed it after the Pop-Tart incident, leading some parents to question the seriousness of the case. Some argued that a two day suspension was also unnecessary.
Lawyers are currently working to remove the two-day suspension from Welch’s records, though the school is firm about its zero tolerance gun policy, despite mass criticism from parents and media.