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Opening Arguments

Drop the gun, kid!

Wishful thinking do-gooders love gun buybacks, deluding themselves into thinking the cause of public safety is somwhow being served when good people turn in their guns and bad people keep theirs. Now they've gone to the next logical step of indoctrinating our children with their delusion:

 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.

“He ate it,'' squealed one delighted little girl.

'Tis the season for joy, peace, and grinding up plastic, orange-tipped AK-47s.

For seven years, Providence municipal and law enforcement officials have organized the event around Christmastime as a way to raise awareness of the dangers of playing with guns, real or fake. The event is a mix of the macabre and the playful, a children's version of the gun buyback program in which adults trade firearms for gift certificates.

(Via Instapundit, which has a lot of fun mocking this "gun control as child abuse."


Larry Morris
Thu, 12/23/2010 - 10:56am

A lot of things come to mind here, not the least of which is the harm of teaching our kids the state will take care of them - I guess playing cowboys and Indians is completely not politically correct anymore, huh ?

tim zank
Thu, 12/23/2010 - 11:06am

Larry, playing cowboys and **dians (don't want to offend) would be raaaaacist.

With the help of liberals and democrats, we've moved on to more socially relevant and important excercises for kids, like "Helping Johnny and his two moms make a meat free meal ".

Larry Morris
Thu, 12/23/2010 - 11:32am

I think I'll keep my guns and keep teaching the grandkids how to use them :-)

Andrew J.
Thu, 12/23/2010 - 12:07pm

Instead, Johnny learning how to blow away them savage Redskins, how was that more uplifting for children back in those nostalgic, "I like Ike" days you yearn to go back to?

tim zank
Thu, 12/23/2010 - 12:26pm

Keep teaching them Larry, especially the definition of a gun free zone:


Bob G.
Thu, 12/23/2010 - 2:20pm

Tim & Larry:
I hear they NOW call it playing "Plain states cattle owners and Native-Americans"...
And it would ONLY be racist" if they BOTH ganged up on African-Americans (according to Al Sharpton).

Guns are like any "tool", when respected and used PROPERLY.
They can also be great sport as well.
(The Olympics has an event for rifles...horrors!)

But it's the MIS-USE of ANY tool that turns it into something the chronically-stupid find appealing.
(oh, look...shiny thing makes noise and can get me free money and stuff)
That's why we have CRIME...and (thankfully)...LAWS.

But we DON'T need control...unless someone wants to control ONLY those who can't control themselves OR their actions.
Yes, you keep on teaching the g'kids...

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 11:17pm

"Some parents confessed that they bought guns just a couple of days before the event so their children could get a gift or watch the Bash-O-Matic do its work.

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 11:20pm

(Oh, and:)

"Diane Levin, professor of education at Wheelock College, said police and parents coming together to destroy toy guns sends a powerful message to children."

Yes, that the police want to make as sure as possible that they're the only ones armed.

Larry Morris
Sat, 12/25/2010 - 5:07pm

We all know gun control isn't about guns, it's about control.

William Larsen
Mon, 12/27/2010 - 8:36pm

I still have my Zoro metal and wood pop gun and it still works. It does not have a orange tip either. I also still have a gun that shot plastic bullets from a brass cartridge that was spring loaded. It came with a leather holster and daringer that if you flexed your stomach, would open up and shoot.

Those were great toys.