Disarming the public…and their kids?
Gun buyback programs are nothing new, they’ve been around a while. They don’t necessarily work as many of the firearms collected are non-working relics and more important, no self-respecting criminal is going to turn in his weapon for a gift certificate to WalMart. These feel-good programs also have an added benefit for the criminals in that they add to the pool of disarmed citizens, which decreases their chances of becoming a DRT (Dead Right There) statistic.
Not satisfied with disarming adults of real guns, some communities are now offering buyback programs of…um, er, toy guns. Because, you know, some kid’s plastic toy with a huge red cap on the end could be dangerous. And besides, is a (EEK) gun! (story here)
Dominic Johnson, a 10-year-old fourth-grader with a fledgling Mohawk, brandished his black, long-nosed toy gun and caressed the muzzle appreciatively.
“It’s like a shotgun mixed with a rifle,’’ he said, as his mother, April, told him to stop pointing it at nearby children.
Soon it would be junk.
Dominic joined dozens of children yesterday at the annual Toy Gun Bash in the gymnasium of Pleasant View Elementary School. There, they lined up to toss their toy guns, from dainty purple water guns to camouflage-painted pistols, inside the Bash-O-Matic, a large black, foam creature with churning metal teeth and the shape of a cockroach spliced with a frog.
Prodded by Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch, who wore a fuzzy Santa hat, the children stared curiously as the Bash-O-Matic mashed up their guns and digested them into a plastic bin near its tail.
In exchange for their toy guns, all the children received wrapped presents that were indisputably not violent — dolls, stuffed animals, and board games like checkers.
Some children were not thrilled with the trade.
Not thrilled – can you blame them? Hint: Boys like guns – better than dolls, stuffed animals, and checkers. So what’s the motivation for this mushy-headed, feel-good, PC-addled bullshit? To send kids a message that “guns are bad.”
Diane Levin, professor of education at Wheelock College, said police and parents coming together to destroy toy guns sends a powerful message to children.
But adults should follow up with children to explain the complexities of weapons and violence so they can more efficiently counter the seductive image of guns in movies and video games.
“It’s one piece of what needs to happen around this issue,’’ said Levin, coauthor of “The War Play Dilemma.’’ “There is also this side of [children] trying to understand why are there guns there, and why do people use them? When kids are getting all kinds of other messages about guns, it’s a more complicated issue than just having one day about how guns are bad.’’
That’s right a gun, an inanimate object that cannot cause harm on its own, is bad. I’ve got news for you morons. I can set a fully loaded firearm on a table in the middle of a room full of people and absolutely guarantee that it will not harm anyone – unless someone picks it up and fires it. In the same token, you could set a baseball bat on a table in a room full of people and it will harm no one – unless someone picks it up and bashes somebody’s head in with it. It’s not the gun (or baseball bat) that kills, it’s the person using it.
When seconds count the police are minutes away…