While newspaper editors often put related stories on the same page for contrast, sometimes two stories with a connection just wind up together by accident. On the front page of the Metro section from yesterday’s Post, the feature story was about a school not too far from here where students had their end of the year party this week. The original party back in June was canceled when a student brought a shotgun to school and threatened his classmates and teachers.

A smaller story starting on the same page concerned people who are exercising their rights under Virginia law to openly carry handguns anywhere they like. One man profiled in the article was detained by police when he carried a Colt 45 into a suburban restaurant and someone called 911. But the guy was actually "delighted" with the arrival of the cops since he hopes that the incident has "helped educate some folks".

So what exactly has he taught people? Maybe there’s a clue in the first story.