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  • Toy Gun Safety (Vanity)

    12/27/2015 7:34:16 AM PST · by Altariel · 60 replies
    I thought young Freeper parents could use a reference thread for "everything your child should know about toy gun safety/ gun safety. For instance: 1) Don't point toy guns at children too young to play with them. 2) Play with toy guns with an adult present. 3 ) Toy guns are outside toys. Your house rules may vary, but I think having a conservative resource for this information would be a welcome response to more statist notions. What are your house rules? What do you teach (or have you taught) your children?
  • Toy Guns Are Not All Fun and Games [Moron Alert]

    03/06/2002 10:06:18 PM PST · by Drew68 · 23 replies ^ | Not Given | Alvin Poussaint, M.D. and Susan Linn, Ed.D.
    Toy Guns Are Not All Fun and Games Alvin Poussaint, M.D. and Susan Linn, Ed.D. Are We Steering Our Sons Towards Violence? The shelves are stocked with weapons of every kind: handguns, rifles, shotguns, submachine guns, and sci-fi light sabers. Are you in the exhibit hall of an NRA convention? No. You’re strolling down the aisles of a toy store in search of a birthday present for your six-year-old son. Buying toy guns for kids seems completely natural to millions of American parents. Yet, the same parents would not even think about buying guns for their little girls. When we ...
  • Man with toy gun killed by Baltimore cop. Should toy guns be illegal?

    12/21/2015 9:06:03 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 55 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 12/21/2015 | By Story Hinckley
    An off-duty Baltimore policeman on Saturday shot and killed a man he says appeared to be holding him at gunpoint in the suburbs of Linthicum Heights.But when Anne Arudnel County detectives surveyed the crime scene, they realized the would-be robber was wielding a toy gun. “It appears that this is a robbery gone wrong and the officer fired in self-defense,” Anne Arundel Police Lt. Ryan Frashure told WJZ News. “No officer wants to kill anybody much less use his service weapon if he doesn’t have to. This was just an unfortunate series of events.” ~snip~In November, Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston passed a...
  • Victory! [smirk] New York stops sale of toy guns, levies massive fines

    12/16/2015 10:45:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/15/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The people of New York can sleep soundly in their beds tonight, knowing that their diligent Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, has scored a major victory in the war on guns. I’m not talking about the illegal handguns favored by the majority of gang members driving up the murder rate in New York City or the “assault rifles” which are manufactured right in our own state. No, this was a victory over toy guns. (Press&Sun Bulletin) Three dozen online retailers will no longer be able to sell realistic-looking toy guns, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday.Schneiderman reached a settlement with...
  • BB, airsoft and paintball guns dangerous for kids, study finds

    10/24/2015 9:57:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies ^ | 10/23/2015 | Daniel Terrill
    Researchers at a Dallas children’s hospital aim to show that non-powder firearms such as airsoft, BB and paintball guns should be viewed as “powerful weapons” rather than toys. A study by researchers with Children’s Medical Center Dallas shows that those devices are “causing increasingly severe and sometimes life-threatening injuries in pediatric patients,” the group said on Oct. 23. They will present the findings at the American Academy of Pediatrics Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. “Non-powder guns are not toys, and an adult should always supervise their use by children,” said Dr. Nina Mizuki Fitzgerald, lead researcher of...
  • New York Attorney General orders immediate halt to realistic toy gun sales

    08/04/2015 10:04:28 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 23 replies ^ | 08/04/2015 |
    The attorney general is slated to announce today settlements with five retailers, including some industry giants, for selling toy guns that don’t fit state appearance requirements. Walmart, which sold 149 illegal toy guns throughout the state, including 20 in New York City, also agreed to pay a $225,000 penalty. Eric Schneiderman says Walmart, Amazon, Kmart, Sears, and online retailer ACTA agreed to the settlement. Rice was shot and killed by patrol officers who said they thought the boy’s toy gun, which did not have the brightly colored markings indicating it was a toy, was real. All told, the attorney general...
  • New York Cracks Down on Toy Guns

    08/03/2015 12:53:35 PM PDT · by PROCON · 34 replies ^ | Aug. 3, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    New York is forcing Walmart, Amazon, and other retailers to pay over $300,000 for the crime of selling toy guns. The settlement stems from an investigation by the state’s attorney general office, which sent cease and desist letters to the retailers in December for breaking its strict law against children’s toys. “State law prohibits the sale of imitation guns in realistic colors such as black, blue, silver, or aluminum, unless it has a non-removable one-inch-wide orange stripe running down both sides of the barrel and the front end of the barrel,” according to the attorney general office. All fake toy...
  • Toy Guns in America: The 1950s Versus Today

    04/12/2015 9:46:59 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 70 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 16, 2015 | TRUTHstreammedia
    Check out this old toy gun commercial from the 1950s or '60s and compare it to how children who play with toy guns (or even their own food or fingers fashioned like a gun) are treated today. Do you think kids today are going to want to uphold their 2nd Amendment rights after they are terrorized and suspended or expelled by their schools for chewing a breakfast tart into an L-shape or being forced at age five to undergo a psych eval for bringing a Hello Kitty bubble gun to class?
  • Poll: Should Liberty Science Center sell a book teaching kids how to make toy guns?

    02/11/2015 4:33:58 PM PST · by SMGFan · 18 replies Jersey Journal ^ | February 11. 2015
    Does a book that shows kids how to make homemade guns belong in a science museum gift shop? One gun control advocate says such a book has no place at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, where Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2: Build a Secret Agent Arsenal is currently available for purchase
  • Bang: The troubled legacy of toy guns

    12/23/2014 6:11:20 AM PST · by rellimpank · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 23 dec 2014 | Marc Fisher
    Two cops rush to the scene. “This sounds like a gun battle — over there!” one calls to his partner. They see the suspects: two little boys, wielding rifles. The police officers do not shoot. Rather, they examine the boys’ weapons and break into big smiles: “Hey, is it real?” one officer asks. “Looks like real,” his partner marvels. “And it sounds like real,” the first officer confirms. “Right — every shot!” says the announcer, because this is on television. It’s an ad, from 1967, for the Sound-O-Power M-16 military rifle, a big hit for Marx Toys at Christmas that...
  • Man shot dead by police in Walmart 'after he picked up a toy gun'

    08/07/2014 3:41:25 PM PDT · by Altariel · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 7, 2014 | Julian Robinson
    Relatives of John Crawford, pictured, believe he was holding a toy gun when police shot him dead at a Walmart store A man shot dead by police in a U.S. supermarket may have been killed after picking up a toy gun, his relatives have claimed. John Crawford was gunned down at a Walmart store in Beavercreek amid reports that he was waving a rifle at customers, including children. But relatives of the 22-year-old have contacted civil rights organisations after claiming he was holding a toy gun in the toy section of the shop when the incident unfolded. LeeCee Johnson, who...
  • 7 Kids Who Were Punished By Schools For Using Imaginary Guns

    07/04/2014 4:21:58 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 15 replies
    townhall ^ | 2013
    There was a time in America when the first priority of our schools was educating our children. That's no longer the case. Today, schools are primarily job programs for the unions and indoctrination centers for the Left. The great teachers in our schools are now used as cover for the mediocrities, the overpaid administrators, and the blatant attempts to force feed liberalism to children before they become experienced enough to recognize all the problems associated with it. Since the Left has been losing the public battle to curtail the 2nd Amendment, liberals started fighting it in a place where they...
  • Common Sense ‘Pop Tart’ Gun Bill Becomes Law In Florida [ Gov.Rick Scott]

    06/23/2014 8:35:58 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 23 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | 06/23/14
    The “zero-tolerance” policy has become pretty insane in recent years, with school officials drastically over-reacting to kids being, well, normal kids. In one incident last year, a little boy in Maryland chewed his Pop-tart into the shape of a gun, and the adults in his school went ballistic. Legislators in Florida are pushing back against the madness by passing a “Pop-tart bill.”
  • NE:Should Toy Guns Bring the Same Penalties as Real Guns?

    04/04/2014 8:03:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Nearly every state has enhanced penalties for armed robbery vs. unarmed robbery.  In the Nebraska statute, to be considered armed, a toy or replica gun is not enough.   If the robber can show that what he used in the robbery was not a real gun, then the enhanced penalty does not apply.  From "It looks like a real gun. You know it acts like a real gun," Kleine said. He made the comments while showing KETV NewsWatch 7 a fake gun used by a teen to commit a robbery.  But under state law, the fake gun isn't a...
  • Buy the kids guns for Christmas!

    12/19/2013 5:53:45 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/19/2013 | Ted Nugent
    With the Christmas shopping orgy well under way, never forget that the ultimate gifts that keep on giving throughout life for young and old are guns. For the young boys and girls, cap guns and holsters, nerf guns, toy bows and arrows with the suction cup arrows and other assorted toy guns and associated accessories are the obvious choice. Whatever you do, don’t forget to teach your rootin’ tootin’ boys and girls how to quick draw their cap guns and how to twirl them on one finger Roy Rogers style.
  • Yelling “Toy Guns” on a Crowded Facebook Page

    11/03/2013 7:47:06 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 5 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 11/01/2013 | Eugene Volokh
    On October 22, 2013, Angelo Appi (DOB 1-3-1967) turned himself into the East Haven Police Department on an arrest warrant charging him with Breach of Peace in the Second Degree. The arrest warrant originated from an incident that took place the previous day in which Appi allegedly posted on Facebook the following message “Maybe I have to walk in with Toy guns just to prove a point!” The comments were regarding Joseph Melillo Middle School in which Appi has previously pointed out what he believes are lapses in security at the school He wasn’t threatening to attack anyone. He wasn’t...
  • Happy Father’s Day: President Obama and his daughter play with toy guns

    06/17/2013 8:01:44 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 16, 2013 | Robby Soave
    Wishing Americans a happy Father’s Day, the White House tweeted a picture of President Obama and one of his daughters playing with toy water pistols. The Tweet comes at a time when several schools around the country—fearful that such toys make kids more prone to violent behavior—have launched trade-in programs that encourage children to exchange their harmless toy guns for chances to win prizes, like books and bicycles. One such trade-in took place last weekend at Strobridge Elementary in California. Principal Chris Hill, who organized the event, explained that toy guns desensitize kids toward gun violence.
  • Elementary School Beginning Toy Gun Turn-In Program

    06/10/2013 1:24:59 PM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies ^ | June 10, 2013 | William Bigelow
    Strobridge Elementary Principal Charles Hill has a brilliant idea: he’s holding a toy gun exchange next Saturday in which students of the Hayward, CA school can turn in a toy gun to receive a book and a raffle ticket to win one of four bicycles. Really. Hill believes that children who play with toy guns may not think real guns are dangerous. “Playing with toy guns, saying ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ desensitizes them, so as they get older, it’s easier for them to use a real gun,” he claims. Hill was inspired by a school photographer, Horace Gibson, who...
  • BB Gun Found in Woods by Preschool

    02/27/2013 10:15:28 AM PST · by dead · 101 replies
    Ridgewood Patch ^ | February 26, 2013 | James Kleimann
    A toy bb gun was discovered by an employee of Sara's Preschool near school grounds Tuesday morning, according to Ridgewood police. At roughly 8 a.m., a preschool employee found the bb gun in the woods by the Prospect Street facility. He alertly confiscated the toy gun and stored it for safe keeping until an officer arrived and removed it, according to police. The bb gun was not loaded and police have not identified its owner, according to Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward. An employee of Sara's Preschool and Patrolman Kevin McKeon with a bb gunfound in the woods near the...
  • Alexandria Cops Bust 10-year-old For Bringing Toy Gun to School

    02/06/2013 7:42:40 AM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 5 ,2013 | Naomi Jagoda
    The boy, a fifth-grader at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School whose name is not being released, was charged as a juvenile with brandishing a weapon, police said. He was also suspended from school, and Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman said further action is being considered, including expulsion. On Monday, the boy showed the plastic gun to at least one other student during a bus ride home from the school. The 10-year-old did not point it at anyone or threaten to shoot it, but he neglected to mention that the weapon was fake, said Alexandria police spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt. School...
  • Hyannis 5-Year-Old Threatened With Suspension For Making Gun Out Of Legos

    01/29/2013 6:34:20 PM PST · by massmike · 38 replies ^ | 01/29/2013 | n/a
    A mother says her 5-year-old boy was threatened with suspension after he made a gun out of Legos during an after school program. Sheila Cruz received a written warning recently about her son from the after school staff at the Hyannis West Elementary School because he had been using toys inappropriately. “She (the principal) said, ‘it’s a threat to other children and other children could have been scared.’” School officials say little Joe made the toy gun, then ran around the classroom, pointing it at other kids, and making shooting sounds. Cruz says while she and her husband thought about...
  • TSA takes toy away from mentally challenged man

    06/17/2011 11:50:13 AM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 42 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 10, 2011 | Howard Portnoy Drew Mandy, a terrorist if ever there was oneDrew Mandy, a terrorist if ever there was one Credits: TSA takes toy away from mentally challenged man By Howard Portnoy, Libertarian Examiner June 10, 2011 10:43 am ET We can all sleep easier tonight knowing that Drew Mandy’s plastic toy hammer is in the trash rather than terrorizing passengers and crew on the plane he and his parents boarded for Walt Disney World. If you’re looking for someone to thank for depriving a mentally challenged 29-year-old of his much-beloved security blanket, look no further than the Transportation and Security Administration....
  • Hawaiian Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Ban Sales of Toy Guns to Children

    02/07/2011 4:29:09 PM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies ^ | Feb. 3, 2011 | Glenn Church
    If Hawaiian State Rep. Scott Saiki gets his way, guns will be outlawed in Hawaii. Toy guns for kids, that is. Adults can still buy toy guns. Presumably, it is still safe to give them to children. The bill has had its first reading and has been referred to the judiciary committee where, hopefully, it dies.
  • Disarming the toy box - Providence program destroys children’s toy guns (Barf alert!)

    12/20/2010 9:59:24 AM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 19, 2010 | Maria Cramer
    PROVIDENCE — 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...
  • Toy soldiers run afoul of school's weapons ban

    06/17/2010 12:16:53 PM PDT · by Christus_Rex · 46 replies · 587+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | June 17, 2010 | MICHELLE R. SMITH
    Christan Morales says her son just wanted to honor American troops when he made a hat decorated with an American flag and small plastic Army figures. But the hat ran afoul of the district's no-weapons policy because the toy soldiers were carrying tiny weapons. "His teacher called and said it wasn't appropriate because it had guns," Morales said.
  • What I Witnessed at Work Today (vanity)

    03/11/2010 8:26:32 PM PST · by Kimmers · 27 replies · 1,477+ views
    I have the pleasure of being a school nurse in a small private school in Dallas and I wanted to share with y'all what I witnessed at our school. The second grade teacher does a great job of teaching TX history. A few weeks ago they had Cowboy day, the kids were dressed in their finest western attire. Saddles were placed on racks so the kids could ride their horses and test their roping skills. They even had a fire with branding irons so they branded pieces of wood. Of course for lunch it was beef stew cooked the cowboy...
  • Orange tipped toy guns.... A good idea gone bad.

    03/07/2010 2:52:45 PM PST · by Copernicus · 137 replies · 777+ views
    Tucson Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 03/05/2010 | Gun Rights ExaminerChris Woodard
    To further add to the mix, a considerable amount of the criminal element are now painting the tips of their ‘Real Weapons’ with an orange tip. It’s easy to understand their reasoning. Once again, Law Enforcement find themselves in a deeper hole. Ironically, if this criminal who has no criminal record and is allowed to own this weapon in the first place, there is no law preventing him from painting the tip of his real gun orange in the attempt to make it appear as a toy. You would think that this would be the end. Not so. We also...
  • ATF seizes 30 toy guns, infuriating local business owner

    02/28/2010 5:56:07 AM PST · by Harrius Magnus · 132 replies · 4,146+ views
    Koin Local 6 ^ | 2/26/2010 | Alexis Del Cid
    CORNELIUS, Ore. - A local business owner is flabbergasted after a shipment of 30 toy guns for his store was confiscated by ATF agents in Tacoma. Brad Martin and his son, Ben, sell the Airsoft BB guns from their store in Cornelius where they’ve been in business for seven years. The Martins said they buy their stock from Taiwan because the merchandise is less expensive. But the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seized a shipment of 30 in October. That shipment is worth around $12,000 and the ATF is promising to destroy the entire shipment. Special Agent Kelvin...
  • Fourth Grader's Toy LEGO Gun And Policeman Leads To Suspension Threat

    02/05/2010 6:17:41 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 20 replies · 562+ views ^ | 02-05-10 | Sasparilla
    A fourth grade New York City boy was playing with LEGOS in the elementary school cafeteria this week when he was escorted to the principal's office. He faced suspension for bringing a toy to school. It was a LEGO policeman that held a two inch plastic rifle. The school has a "no tolerance" policy for toy guns. The boy was stunned that he was in trouble because the toy was so small. The boy's parents are livid. They believe school officials didn't exercise good judgment. They believe that this particular toy isn't one that could be used to threaten people...
  • Arkansas Bans Sales Of Realistic Looking Toy Guns

    01/03/2010 11:46:10 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 21 replies · 1,039+ views
    The shooting of a twelve year old boy by police has precipitated a Arkansas law banning the sale of realistic looking toy guns. He was shot by police after they say that he pointed a gun at them which turned out to be a toy gun. The boy’s mother says that the toy gun was “planted” on the child, and he was actually holding a bottle of soda when he was shot. She fought against the law being named after her son. The gun “found” by police had.....

    12/22/2009 5:41:19 PM PST · by HospiceNurse · 80 replies · 3,155+ views
    Youtube ^ | 1964
    Proof that its not only today that they sell plasic crap that falls to bits before new year !
  • Air Rifles And BB Guns: Toys Or Weapons?

    09/10/2009 8:28:29 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 67 replies · 4,027+ views
    CBS2 Chicago ^ | Sep 9, 2009 | Dave Savini
    Sep 9, 2009 10:40 pm US/Central Air Rifles And BB Guns: Toys Or Weapons? SEND A TIP TO THE 2 INVESTIGATORS Reporting Dave Savini CHICAGO (CBS) ― Just a few hours ago a Naperville high school student was arrested for shooting a BB gun at students from Chrone middle school. Fortunately no one was hurt. Not the same can be said for one Glen Ellyn woman who had a BB pellet pulled out of her heart. That's why there is a growing call to have BB guns and air rifles regulated like handguns. CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini takes a...
  • NY tells stores to halt sales of some toy guns

    07/28/2009 3:45:54 PM PDT · by Flavius · 17 replies · 732+ views
    newsday ^ | 7/28/09 | DAVID B. CARUSO
    Despite years of enforcement stings, many New York stores still aren't complying with state rules banning the sale of toy guns that could be confused with the real thing, state officials said Tuesday. (NOT PHOTOSHOP)
  • NY Attorney General Cuomo Sends Out Letter To Retailers To Halt The Sale Of Toy Guns

    07/28/2009 5:17:49 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 26 replies · 836+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 7/28/09 | talkradio03
    They not only go after the 2nd amendment, they wanna ban those toy guns too, no word on if the supersoaker 300 is on the list....
  • A Mousavi supporter holds a toy gun in his hand to intimidate police and militia

    06/21/2009 6:02:33 PM PDT · by Flavius · 78 replies · 4,745+ views
    ap ^ | 6/22/09 | ap
    TEHRAN, IRAN - A Mousavi supporter holds a toy gun in his hand to intimidate police and militia during a demonstration on June 20, 2009 in Tehran, Iran.
  • Deputy Shoots Teen Carrying Toy Gun In Palmdale

    05/11/2009 12:48:00 PM PDT · by RLM · 91 replies · 2,658+ views
    CBS News ^ | 5/11/2009 | AP
    Authorities said a 15-year-old boy playing "cops and robbers" with a toy gun was shot and wounded by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who mistook it for the real thing.
  • Boy surrenders wooden rifle to police so he can meet the Queen

    01/04/2009 5:26:28 PM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 20 replies · 1,041+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 04 Jan 2009 | Simon Johnson
    A 12-year-old boy had to surrender his toy rifle to police amid tight security around the Queen's visit to church at Sandringham. Jacob Young said he handed in the wooden weapon so he could see the Queen without giving her or her bodyguards any cause for concern. He said: "When I got to the park gates I handed my gun to the policeman and he hung it on the fence. "I didn't want anybody to think I wanted to shoot the Queen. I didn't mind handing in my gun. I knew it would be safe with the police."
  • States Seek to Pass Bills Cracking Down on Fake Firearms

    05/03/2008 9:56:18 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 24 replies · 69+ views ^ | Saturday, May 03, 2008 | Associated Press
    Concerns that realistic-looking toy weapons are confusing police and threatening safety have led 15 states to try going beyond gun control and cracking down on fake firearms. ... Lawmakers across the country are coming to a different conclusion, deciding that it is so hard to differentiate the toys from the fakes that public safety demands they take action. ...from prohibiting imitation firearms in vehicles to banning the toys from convenience stores.

    01/31/2008 2:03:56 PM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 9 replies · 43+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | January 31,2008 | Neal Boortz
    In Orange County, Florida a third grader has been suspended for taking a toy gun to school. The Sunset Park Elementary School student has been suspended for three days after the teacher found a gun in his backpack. The teacher apparently heard the student bragging about the gun to a classmate. The toy gun is described as having an orange tip that "is similar to a real pellet gun." >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> And for those of you who missed the Information Overload hour yesterday, a government high school in Fayette County, Georgia has one bathroom for 1,300 students. School officials...
  • Boys' learning 'helped by toy guns' (UK)

    12/31/2007 10:14:30 AM PST · by Uncledave · 9 replies · 333+ views
    Boys' learning 'helped by toy guns' 31 December 2007 Boys' learning is aided by playing with toy weapons and should not be discouraged at nursery schools, the government has claimed. In new guidance on the issue of boys' education, the government has claimed that development in boys is improved when they are allowed to play and act out their games. The guidance says that staff should resist the 'natural instinct' to stop boys from playing with weapons, although this has been criticised by a number of groups, which have claimed that toy guns and weapons are a symbol of aggression....
  • Great Britain: Experts say toy guns are 'good' (Teachers' Union blasts Gov't guidance)

    12/28/2007 11:06:08 PM PST · by Stoat · 12 replies · 829+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | December 28, 2007 | ALEX WEST
      Experts say toy guns are 'good'   'Learning aid' ... boy with toy gun By ALEX WEST Published: Today   TEACHERS yesterday blasted experts who say encouraging kids to play with toy guns fires their interest in learning. Nursery staff have been advised to resist their “natural instinct” to stop boys playing with weapons in games with other toddlers. Government guidance says: “Creating situations so that boys’ interests in these forms of play can be fostered through healthy and safe risk-taking will enhance every aspect of their learning and development.” But teachers have slammed the Department for Children,...
  • [British] Ministers tell nurseries to allow boys toy guns

    12/28/2007 7:37:02 PM PST · by Aristotelian · 17 replies · 290+ views
    London Times ^ | December 29, 2007 | Nicola Woolcock
    Boys should be allowed to play with toy weapons at nursery, according to government advice that contradicts guidance from police and teachers. Ministers do not mention toy guns specifically but they claim that some form of “weapons play” could help to engage boys in education. However, teachers said that the guidance, published today, had no basis in educational practice, could encourage aggression among pupils and would anger and confuse parents. Children have been suspended from school previously, or even arrested, when caught playing with toy guns. The advice, from the Department for Children, Schools and Families, says that nursery staff...
  • New Book Shows How to Build Lego Guns, Catapults

    12/13/2007 4:46:16 PM PST · by RDTF · 29 replies · 304+ views ^ | Dec 13, 2007 | Fox
    Legos — they're not just for good kids anymore. A book written by two former employees of the Danish plastic-brick giant is burning up the sales charts — and raising eyebrows on the other side of the Atlantic. "Forbidden LEGO: Build the Models Your Parents Warned You Against" was published in August by No Starch Press, a small independent publishing house based in San Francisco. Its authors, Ulrik Pilegaard and Mike Dooley, both worked at the Lego Mindstorms robotics division before leaving to join an independent robotics firm. "You'll learn to create working models that LEGO would never endorse,"...
  • Remove Toy Guns From Shelves Or Face Boycott

    11/13/2007 2:21:10 PM PST · by Daffynition · 146 replies · 184+ views ^ | November 13, 2007 | staff reporter
    City Wide Youth Leadership Agency's William Mackey spends a lot of time talking about toys, but he isn't playing around. He and other anti-violence advocates believe children playing with fake guns can potentially turn into a game of life or death, and Mackey's group is dedicated to boycotting stores who carry them. "This is very, very important," Mackey said. "Philadelphia's streets are a bloodbath." With the holiday season right around the corner -- and people already shopping for presents -- Mackey and his friends want stores that carry toy guns to hear their message. He and others promise to not...
  • Policeman threatens to arrest boy for toy gun - UK

    10/11/2007 3:22:09 PM PDT · by Daniel Bliss · 47 replies · 630+ views
    A policeman was criticised yesterday after he ordered an eight-year-old boy to smash up his toy gun – because it was an "imitation firearm". The officer confronted Samuel England, of Pinehurst, Swindon, Wilts, as he played with the black and orange plastic toy outside his home. He told the boy to destroy the "weapon" or he would be arrested. Samuel's stepfather, John Standen, 34, came to his aid but was warned it was an offence to have an imitation firearm in public. The officer only left when Mr Standen had snapped the toy in half – leaving Samuel in tears....
  • Mattel Tommy Gun Burst TV commercial 1960s (and others)!

    08/18/2007 1:50:23 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 25 replies · 3,046+ views
    Mattel Tommy Burst TV commercial 1960s!When Guns Were Fun (starring Billy Mumy of Lost In Space)INDIAN RIFLE GUNS by MATTEL TOYSFanner 50 cap gun commercial ( Mattel )
  • N.J. Senator Proposes Toy Gun Ban

    07/11/2007 5:23:28 PM PDT · by texanyankee · 41 replies · 3,236+ views
    WABC ^ | July 11, 2007 | unknown
    A New Jersey senator wants to make it illegal to sell or give to anyone under age 18 toy guns that look so realistic they can be mistaken for a real firearm. "The margin between a child's stupid mistake and a tragic ending is far too thin," said Sen. Nicholas Scutari. Scutari, D-Union, introduced the proposal in late June and plans to push it when the Legislature reconvenes late this year. He said the bill stems from an incident in a Union Township where four students were suspended after bringing a cap gun to school. "We need to stress to...

    05/09/2007 6:50:32 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 53 replies · 2,311+ views
    timessquare ^ | Wednesday, May 09, 2007 | Staff
    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's family Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have banned their children from watching their violent movies. The lovers, who met playing weapon-wielding assassins in 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith', have also banned their brood from playing with toy guns because they don't want them exposed to violence. A source told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "Angelina is protecting them from seeing her make violence look good."Most of her successful roles have had her waving weapons and getting violent. "Brad, 43, and Angelina, 31, are currently in Prague, where Angelina is filming 'Wanted', alongside Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy.'Wanted'...
  • Dallas may drop the hammer on toy guns

    08/08/2006 9:32:18 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 66 replies · 1,451+ views
    Dallas Morning News (TX) ^ | 8/8/06 | DAVE LEVINTHAL
    Dallas may drop the hammer on toy guns Safety panel vote puts city closer to adopting strict ordinance 11:10 PM CDT on Monday, August 7, 2006 By DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News They're Americana slipped into the holsters of little boys in cowboy hats. But after a 7-1 vote by the City Council's public safety committee, Dallas is closer than ever to passing one of the nation's strictest ordinances regulating the sale and possession of toy guns. The committee directed City Attorney Tom Perkins to craft an ordinance that would ban all toy guns except those painted a...
  • London police condemn water-pistol game

    07/25/2006 5:24:32 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 33 replies · 1,026+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 26 July 2006
    LONDONERS began a citywide role playing game where people roam the capital to shoot each other with water pistols - and police warned that contestants might be committing criminal offences. "StreetWars" have already taken place in New York, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Vienna - described on their website by tournament organisers as "A three week long, 24/7, watergun assassination tournament". As part of the game, participants are handed a manila envelope containing the details of their "target", including their name, home and work addresses, along with a picture, and are assigned with the task of "assassinating" them with...