Atascadero High School students were recently surprised by a Rooster’s Firearms Banner, an NRA-branded banner that was seen on campus.
The banner sparked controversy among Atascadero Public Schools and its parents as it represents the school in conflict with current gun control efforts.
While student reaction to this event is mixed, parent support for their children has not wavered.
ATASCADERO — The football field fence at Atascadero High School is adorned with banners from local companies who give money to the school in exchange for the school proudly displaying the sponsor’s commercial banner on the fence. Different types of companies are advertised on the banners, but one sign has alarmed a group of local parents.
The banner in question belongs to Rooster’s Firearms, a Templeton-based gun shop. Jim and Terry Mulhall, the owners, have supported AHS for as long as they can remember.
Rooster’s Firearms in Templeton is owned by Jim and Terry Mulhall. Photo by a contributor
“My wife and I have ten children, seven of whom attended Atascadero High School,” Jim Mulhall stated. “With that many children, we’ve been sponsors for a long time and members of the Atascadero High School boosters.”
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With senior twin boys on the varsity football team and a daughter entering high school next year, Jim and Terry’s banner is more than simply a sponsorship.
“We’ve gone completely orange and grey.” During home games, we have allotted seating in the bleachers at AHS, and we attend their many activities. We go to all of the football games and want to continue to support them next year,” Mulhall said. “With the high school and all the other parents that wear grey and orange to that school, we feel like family.”
Local residents who are worried about the banner’s message believe that a banner promoting a gun business should not be displayed on school grounds. It’s possible that the banner may give pupils the incorrect idea. Other parents, on the other hand, think that seeing the flag provides an opportunity to talk about weapons and gun safety.
“I understand those who aren’t gun enthusiasts. That is something I am aware of. “I understand,” Mulhall admitted. “I’ve spoken to a lot of individuals, and we all have our own personalities. “We surely support such individuals as well.”
Dan Andrus, the principal of AHS, supports Rooster’s Firearms. By putting its banner up at the school, the company is not infringing any restrictions from a policy standpoint.
“Guns are so closely controlled that it doesn’t actually have an influence on the school,” Mulhall said. “That’s why the Roosters’ T-shirts and sweatshirts are permitted.” Because it’s a legitimate company providing a legal product in California.”
Jim Mulhall’s connection to Atascadero and AHS goes beyond his children attending the school; he formerly worked as the Atascadero Police Chief.
He said, “My heart is with the city of Atascadero and the school system.”
When Mulhall was the police chief, he had a lot of dealings with the school system. He dispatched a police officer to assist the school with any problems that arose.
“In my interaction with the police department and their relationship with the school system, I was very much in line with the school,” he continued.
Rooster’s Firearms is more than simply a gun shop. The Mulhalls were also very concerned about gun safety and shooting sports. That’s why they provide everything Rooster’s needs to the local junior trap squad at the local range.
The Mulhalls have also shown their support for the Creston Rodeo by purchasing belt buckles for all of the rodeo competitors at the Mid-State Fair one year. They also help the Chambers of Commerce in their communities.
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