Skip to comments.Toy Guns in America: The 1950s Versus Today
Posted on 04/12/2015 2:38:34 AM PDT by Enlightened1
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?
Others not included here are a kid who was suspended for having gun wallpaper on his school computer, and A DEAF THREE-YEAR-OLD named Hunter whose school told his parents that when he spelled his own name in sign language, it looked too much like a gun, so they wanted the parents to change the sign for their child's name. (Yes. Apparently that actually happened.)
Meanwhile, as in the case of Tamir Rice, we have seen that children who play with toy guns are killed by our modern-day militarized police who shoot first and ask questions later...as if children are old enough to understand the consequences of their actions living in a total police state. We don't expect children to be old enough to vote or buy alcohol, but we expect them to realize if they play with a toy, the cops might gun them down without even giving them a chance to say a word. Tamir was playing with just such a toy in a park in Cincinnati and someone called the cops on him for it.
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Here is the 7 minute video. Well worth your time.
How I long to go back to the 50’s when I was a boy.
When a cop said “stop or I will shoot” people actually obeyed them and did what they were told to do....not run.
Law and order actually existed back then. You had no need to lock your doors and could leave your car parked on the curb with the windows down and keys in the ignition.
Kids camped out in the yard all night long without any fear of someone snatching them and schools were not armed and fenced concentration camps for political indoctrination.
Oh, how I long to go back!!!!!!!!!!
“””When a cop said stop or I will shoot people actually obeyed them and did what they were told to do....not run.””””
Do cops say that these days? Our do they just pull out their guns and start shooting?
But I was the only kid with toy guns, and I never brought them to school again. Fortunately, the career of a vicious mass murderer (me) was nipped in the bud. (snicker)
Satisfying, and my little brother always knew to drop like a stone when he heard that bang, since that meant I got him.
Clots of sod in the barrel left no doubt as the the hit. The mark was there. Loved that Daisy “pop-gun”.
The social construct has drastically changed.
Today is a very violent place. I have not a solution, only concern.
Oh, and in my neck of the woods when we hauled out the toy guns we called it playing men or playing war, very non-PC.
I used clay and that turned out to be reasonably accurate and non-lethal - though it would leave a mark sometimes!
We learned the values of planning to use key terrain, using good fields of fire, mutual support in defense, camouflage, cover and concealment.
Paid off big time when Vietnam rolled around.
The death of the toy gun is overblown. My boys, 10,8,and 3 are awash in toy guns. The quality and variety is way better now. Yes, you have to deal with the guns coming in ellaborate colors. But the selection of NERF guns is really incredible. We are also into Airsoft and have many realistic weapons in that range. Several M4’s, AK-47s, MP5s, etc. Plus paintball. Don’t even get me going on that. crazy fun.
As a kid growing up in the 70’s we had none of the above. yes, we had cap guns, and pop rifles sure. But I can only imagine the trouble I would have caused with an Airsoft gun. By the way, I live in Liberal Massachusetts. All my sons friends play “guns”. I’ve never heard any judgemental comments from “worried moms”.
I will concede that the big change is no toy guns at school. You can’t get around that one and it’s too bad. But at home? It’s no holds barred.
We also have several bows. Compound bows, home-made cross bows, swords, shields, you name it. Want to go down a fun rat hole? Look up PVC pipe bows and sling bows on Youtube. Talk about fun projects to do with your sons...
Pretty much what we did back then. And the neighborhood was filled with WWII and Korean war vets.
Aside from the helmet liners and surplus gas masks one kid had the envy of the neighborhood.
His dad, a naval engineer, constructed a sheet metal scaled down version of a water cooled machine gun complete with tripod. A hand crank snapped an internal spring that put forth a satisfying clatter, just awesome for us ten year olds. For safety it had been painted fire engine red. Thinking back on it he must have realized he had made it too realistic. Wonder if my old bud still has it for use by his grand kids.
Has anyone seen Officer Friendly lately?
I loved my cap guns and rifle. But the best present ever was a bazooka that shot a blue plastic bomb about 15 feet. There were a lot of arguments about who actually got blown up.
Great post; great comments. BTTT!
17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda.
20. Infiltrate the press...
21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV
We called it "Cowboys and Indians". That's even worse, 'cause the Indians always lost. We used "cap" guns. They used a roll of paper with little balls of gun powder in the roll that would pop when struck by the hammer of the real sized gun. We could make a real bang by striking the whole roll with a hammer.
The best one among others that I had was a 50 caliber machine gun o a tripod that I set up on the front porch and shot at cars going by,the need of the barrel had two red plastic barrels that went in and out making the sound of firing as you depressed the buttons while holding the handles.
Also had a toy rifle that had actual two piece cartridges,a brass piece with a spring inside,a plastic slug which you inserted into the brass casinos and it would be held together by clips on the slug.
You inserted them into the rifle and I would set up my army guys and shoot them down,there is no way in hell that would be allowed today.
Also had a remco army tank that shot plastic projectiles,oh boy I long for the good old days,Roy Rogers,THE lone Ranger,Hopalong Cassidy,just look at the time in the country then and now without toy guns,but with real guns.
It’s not the guns,it’s the people who have been sold a phony bill of goods and they don’t even know it!
Only the people who are older can relate
I have 4 grandsons, the eldest of whom is 6, and I keep a box of toys here for them to play with when they visit.
Most of the stuff is rather inexpensive. I was thrilled recently to be able to buy some plastic pistols to add to the stash. Toy guns are not easy to come by here in MD.
That ad is not from the ‘50’s, but from the mid-’60’s or later, because it features an M-16.
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