The 8-year-old Baltimore boy who was suspended for chewing his Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun was awarded a lifetime membership with the National Rifle Association Wednesday night.
At a fundraiser for Anne Arundel County Republicans, House Minority Leader Nicholaus R. Kipke presented Josh Welch with the $500 membership during a tongue-in-cheek presentation that involved a Pop-Tart fashioned into pistol and gun safety tips, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Josh, who suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, was suspended from Park Elementary School in March after he ate his breakfast pastry into something that administrators thought resembled a gun.
“It was already a rectangle, and I just kept on biting it and biting it and tore off the top and it kinda looked like a gun but it wasn’t,” he told Fox Baltimore at the time of the suspension. “All I was trying to do was turn it into a mountain.”
But now the little boy has become an icon among gun rights activists, even receiving a standing ovation at Wednesday’s conference.
Josh told The Baltimore Sun that he didn’t know what the NRA was or what it meant to have a membership, but he is a little annoyed as to why people keep pestering him about the gun-shaped baked good.
“Everyone keeps asking me why I did it,” he 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.”