Skip to comments.Police issue citations for two children who allegedly pointed toy gun at passing cars
Posted on 05/29/2013 4:57:38 AM PDT by ConservativeInPA
Two children were cited by police for disorderly conduct on Monday after they pointed a toy gun at several passing cars, according to West Shore Regional Police.
A 12-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy were involved in the incident, which occurred around 6:30 p.m. in the first block of Market Street in Lemoyne, police said.
The two children were found by police walking in the 300 block of South Front Street in Wormleysburg after someone called police and reported the incident.
Several vehicles were slowing and stopping as the children pointed the plastic gun in the direction of approaching cars.
BTW, this occurred in a very low crime area.
Begs the question: Are toy guns legal or not?
My first “toy” gun was a real junk .410 single shot with a wooden dowel driven down the barrel and welded shut.
I used to guard prison inmates working in the field right up against our yard.
oh for God’s sake
Me and my sidekick used to guard the mail, accompanying the Postman on his rounds.
From This Is All I Ask
Beautiful girls walk a little slower when you walk by me
Lingering sunsets stay a little longer with the lonely sea
Children everywhere when you shoot at bad men shoot at me
Take me to that strange enchanted land grown-ups seldom understand
Only if registered are toy guns allowed.
Which why I have tinted windows! Then again, parents need to teach kids the proper way of play...but playing Cowboys and Indians sure was fun as a kid!
Be grateful they didn’t send out a SWAT team to shoot them!
Thank goodness they were not walking the family dog at the same time....the dog would have been shot and the kids cited....
This wasn’t tolerated by parents around here even in the 1960’s anymore than throwing rocks at moving vehicles were.
Kids needed to learn to respect others and their property, drivers don’t need the distractions. Playing Cowboys and Indians or wargames between themselves, no problem.
What? They didn’t need to wait until they were fired on twice?
I love a pithy response as much as the next man but the police involved should be sacked. End of. They clearly lack the perception and judgment that are vital especially in a life-threatening situation.
Playing Cowboys & Muslims is even more fun and more current.
I used to play ‘Army’ at my friend’s house. He had closets full of toy guns to choose from. As I got older, I realized that these ‘toy’ guns were quite real...I mean valuable relic type real. I have no idea why his dad (who was a history teacher and fascinated with war relics) let us run around with them.
The person who called the police is the one who should have been
arrested laughed at, and then slapped (hard) !
Low crime area or not you DON”T point a gun , toy or not, at a passing car . Today is a lot different than the fifties when I grew up and it might well be a real firearm being parents are so damned stupid nowadays.Kids could have pointed at the WRONG car and would be dead now.
At least they didn't arrest them...
Be grateful they didnt send out a SWAT team to shoot them!
...or shoot their dog.
When I was a little tyke I played with toy guns so much, that if it was back then like today...I’d still be in jail.
A few years ago, I was getting out of my car at a convenience store, when out of the corner of my eye I saw what appeared to be a rifle suddenly thrust out the window of the car beside me, and pointed directly at me. I instinctively grabbed it, and snatched it away from what turned out to be a small child. It was a realistic looking toy gun. I was so embarrassed. I immediately gave it back, apologized, and told the kid he shouldn’t point it at anyone. His mother saw the whole thing from inside the store. When she came angrily flying out of the store I thought I was toast. Nope, she tore into the kid verbally and physically. I doubt he was ever stupid enough to point a toy gun at anyone again.
I’m surprised at the number of FReepers who think it’s a good idea for kids to point toy guns at passing cars, and equate that with the responsible way children used to play with guns before the idiots took control. They’re probably the same people who equate throwing water balloons off an overpass at cars in the interstate with throwing water balloons at each other in the back yard.
I agree. In this day and age how is anyone in a car supposed to know if the gun is real or a toy? What if one of the driver’s thought they were going to be shot and defended himself? Then what?
Ignoring the safety issues, I’m shocked we were allowed to ‘play’ with these guns, because they had to have been valuable.
Some of them were either a flintlock or cap kind of setup, and we loved to play with that mechanism. Some were lever action, and we would play with that and pull the trigger. Some must have been lever pump air rifles, since we would stick the barrel in the ground, to get a plug of dirt...and pull the trigger to make a puff of dust. A few were revolvers, and we loved pulling the trigger and turning the cylinder.
This collection today...had we not abused it playing army...would probably be very valuable today.
Back to the safety issue...I have no idea if these were functioning guns...but I suspect they were. They didn’t seem modified in any way...they were just old. I guess my friend’s dad was confident that a 6 year old couldn’t get ammo for an old lever action rifle.
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