Toy Gun Buyback Plans: The Next Insanity

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


If only we can take one toy gun off the streets, that’s one child who won’t be fake shot at in a game of cops and gun-controllers.

A St. Louis pastor held a meeting at his church on Tuesday to talk with community leaders about a toy gun buyback program.

Pastor Rodney Francis said his plan is aimed at ending the “culture of violence.”

“These toys introduce children to violence, and it makes them think that it is an acceptable way to interact with people,” he said. “I am not saying it will end violence, but I do know this is a problem.”

This isn’t a first. Sadly.

A New Jersey anti-violence group is conducting its own kind of weapons buy-back — this one aimed at children.

Newark-based group Stop Shootin’ Inc. is holding a toy gun exchange program today. They’re asking children to bring in their toy guns, water pistols or cap guns and exchange them for a positive toy or a book.

I’m sure that worked out great. Give us your toy gun and we’ll give you Bruce, a poseable pacifist inaction figure who will teach children about human rights and civility.

And toy gun buybacks have gone beyond local groups, to a Massachusetts Mayor. (Paging Bloomberg)

Melrose is preparing to launch a new initiative in an effort to get families to throw away violent video games, movies, and toys by offering coupons to residents who drop off such items at the city yard, Mayor Rob Dolan said Thursday.

“If a family has this discussion and maybe tries to get rid of some of this stuff, they are going to get one of these coupons,” Dolan said. “The child may be getting rid of something they like, but they are getting some value for it.”

“It’s hard to bring up kids in this era of violent video games, violent movies, and violent toys,” he said.  “We’re very excited about this, that might give them a free ice cream, a night of no homework, a gift certificate to a local store, that a child may want,” Dolan explained.

I’m really sure the kids want the toy guns. They may give up an old video game or two.

But the obvious next frontier is a finger-gun buy back program. Turn in your fingers and we’ll replace them a coupon for a free small size soda. To be followed by a soda buy back program.

  • Viet Vet

    These people would do better to protest and boycott hollyweird, where it is common everyday practice to absolutely show guns as an acceptable way to interact with people. All in the negative ways of course.

  • Ar'nun

    Melrose, Ma. A town of affluence and of course a Progressive stronghold. Notice this didn't include an ordinance to outlaw the sale of toy guns, as they are aware parents will just drive to the next town over to satisfy their child’s craving for violent video games and toy guns.

  • fiona

    Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    The following is what Christians believe about guns.
    http://watchmanvideobroadcast.com/video/wvb121223http://watchmanvideobroadcast.com/video/wvb121230

  • Mary Sue

    I propose the naming of a new group:

    Pastors without a clue.

  • rmh222

    Next the amputation of the thumb and index finger of all boys… Which will not work either.

  • Spikey1

    From a kids point of view:

    • I'll give you my toy gun when you pry it from my cold, dead, toddler hands.
    • Toy guns kill people just like my pencil causes my mis-spellings.
    • If toy guns are outlawed can we use swords?
    • 1 Trillion toy guns killed no one yesterday.
    * My toy gun, I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
    • In a perfect world I wouldn't need a toy gun… this is not a perfect world.
    • The problem is not the availability of toy guns, it is the availability of morons.
    • Cogito, ergo sum ludicrum armatus

  • pagegl

    I suggest they try these toy gun buy backs and reeducation in Gaza, the poor Muslim kids there would see the light of passivity.

  • joe

    Well that's a way to combat the problem of getting wet from water guns and stop being frightened by cap gun noises.

    It doesn't do a damn thing about the real gun problem but libs don't live in reality .

    The Justice Policy Institute and FBI found that ;

    13- 16 year olds accounted for 8% of the overall population and accounted for 3.6% of firearm homicide victims, and 3.7% of overall homicide offenses.

    Among juveniles 14- 18 serving in correctional facilities, 86% owned a gun at some point, with 66% acquiring their first gun by age 14.
    Juveniles most often acquire guns from family, friends, drug dealers and street contacts.

    96,000 students were arrested and 242,000 referred to law enforcement by schools during the 2010 school year.
    Black or Hispanic students made up 73% percent of arrested or referred students.

    Blacks under 18 are more than 17 times more likely to be arrested for murder than Whites the same age.

    Bureau of Justice Statistics- between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. 262,621 were murdered by blacks.

  • jay

    Clearly we need to start registering ownership of toy guns. Background checks are a must.

  • Ben Jabo

    At one time, my wife & myself, sold air-soft guns at tleamarkets
    We are now retired, with quite of few of the guns remaining in our storage unit

    Let's see if these Bozo's will put their money where their mouth is, make a a decent offfer and they can have the whole lot

  • JacksonPearson

    I wonder if the leftist Bible and gun haters ever realize, that our youth may have to grow up someday, and defend them and our country in reality, and not in a game?

    • Dr. Who

      Really????Newark NJ? You have to be jiven. The Jungle and were going to blindfold the good Christian kids not to know what a side arm is while their inner city black adversarries have been dealing with the real deal and not even cap guns or BB guns. I grew up in Brooklyn during the 50's and 60's and you didn't go on the street unless you were savvy. It was an Italin neighbrohood and they decided to build Welfare Projects so the blacks could have a cheap place to live supported by tax payers. They never thought about how it would degrade the school system or effect the scio-economic aspect. No just the poor blacks who wasn't long in organizing drugs, gangs, guns and gang wars. The Italians been at this since the Roman Empire so it wasn't long before we had organized an army that sent the blacks to the projects.

  • Philomena

    does anyone have a a solution? I don't believe that buying back toy guns is the answer. How about more headstart programs or programs for younger children – where they begin life with a more rounded experience.
    I think that children, especially, in the inner cities, experience more violence than most children. The mothers' are often single, tired and feel trapped. Maybe a place for the children to go to – would relieve the mother and give her a chance to train for a job or go to school. Both she and her child and society at large would benefit from this. Philomena