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.