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Family Phil: Hanging Out w/Doty Boys @ Fernan

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We hung out with the Doty Boys today. Well, actually, my wife and I took the kids to a fishing derby at Fernan Lake and ended up sharing dock space with a local homeschooling family that has been in the news recently. The Doty Boys have started carrying guns with them everywhere they go. Not because they're violent or fearful, but to prove a point about the Second Amendment, I suppose. Zach, 18, carries a loaded handgun, while his brother Stephen, 15, carries a .22-caliber rifle slung over his back. That's Stephen and a younger brother in the picture above. See the blue chair behind them? That's mine. Were we nervous to have a pimply-faced teenager carrying a loaded weapon ten feet away from us? Not really. I was more scared of his sister, who kept trying to clumsily cast a fishing pole right next to me. I kept waiting for a hook to slash through my jugular -- Family Phil/A Family Runs Through It.

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Question: Do you think the gun-toting Doty brothers reflect poorly on home-schoolers?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.