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TOPIC: Activist re- launches anti-toy gun campaign
Created by: Nkenswing
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A Santa Monica, Calif. peace activist is reinvigorating his push to discourage children from playing with toy guns and parents from purchasing them.

Activist Jerry Rubin’s “Alliance for Survival” peace group is encouraging children and families to say “no” to guns with a “No Toy Guns Merit Award Project” in response to the Newton, Conn. shooting which left 20 children and six adults dead, the Santa Monica Mirror reported.

The group will offer a personalized, frameable certificate to children and families that send the alliance a letter explaining “Why I will not buy toy guns for my children” or for children, “Why I do not like to play with toy guns.”

“After the recent tragic gun violence killings of so many children, isn’t it crucial to focus on all aspects of stopping further gun violence, including how so many children are learning at an early age, through the toy guns they play with, that it’s okay just to pretend to kill their friends and fellow schoolmates,” Rubin told the Mirror.

In 1987, Rubin attempted a similar trade for children who turned in their toy gun — instead of certificates — Rubin offered teddy bears, according to the Mirror. However, after he ran out of donated teddy bears Rubin stopped the program.

Do you think this is going too far?

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I find this idea to blame guns for the deaths of others funny. I also find the idea of banning toy guns equally amusing.

Before I had toy guns... I had my hands, then sticks... Then you guns.. Some even made noises.

The toy gun debate is not a real big issue anymore as most kids aren't playing with toys to begin with.. They play with x-box and play stations.

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We got all of our grandchildren (boys and girls) either toy or real guns for Christmas this year. Ahh it is good to be a Texas redneck.

Spring Branch TX
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The Second Amendment: George Washington did not use his right to free speech to defeat the British... He shot them.

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Good: Where I grew up it was the other way around. Most of us boys got our .22 at about 10 years old. It was only after learning to handling your .22 which was one to two years (which most of us meant 12) did our parents allow us to have BB guns. I think it was eye getting poked out thing...

Tulare CA
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Well... I know ZZ feels that way about threads he starts. Disagree, and you will be blocked.

Brooklyn Park MN
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NKKK seems to be off his meds again thinking he owns the threads and demanding others post the way he wants. Too fucking bad!

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I guess I never answered the original question- going too far. In the eyes of their parents who would subscribe to that- no. In my eyes- well, it would depend on the kid, and whether the kid might be better off to grow up hugging a teddy bear afraid of things that their parents teach them to be afraid of.

But I'd be curious to know about why a parent who gives their child a toy gun suddenly decides that it was a bad idea.

Here's the thing, I grew up around guns. I can't remember exactly, but I believe I got a BB gun when I was 7 or 8.

I believe at 9 or 10 I was given a .410 shotgun, then a .22 rifle. Those were kept in a locked cabinet, nothing like the vault I now own. The BB gun was not locked away. I had access to that anytime.

And I had toy guns that I thought were pretty cool- cap guns, guns that shot plastic bullets, guns with grenade launchers, guns that made noise and guns that did nothing unless yiu said "bang". I admit I was envious of my brothers toy M-16. I didn't have one of those.

We knew the difference between a real gun and a toy gun. Before I had my own BB gun, my older brother got caught playing war with BB guns at a family friend's farm- he and the other boys shooting BBs at each other- well I bet his ass hurt for the next 5 years, and his BB gun was gone for a year- locked in the gun cabinet. No, no one shot their eye out, but I sure heard that phrase over and over as a kid.

I still have the BB gun given to me when I was a kid. The only "toy" I still have from my youth. And I still have that .410 and that .22 too. And I still respect them.

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I asked a question FJerk. I never said I was for or against it. You, in your usual knee-jerk style jumped to all kinds of conclusions. Like I knew you would...

You're too easy. All I need is a hoop to set on fire and tell you to jump through it.

I'm getting bored messing with your head. You're not even a challenge anymore...

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fj;I'am not going to stand behind you,I will stand next to you if need be.libbers are not in touch with realalty,they are off in space some wear.don't ask them where,cause they don't know..........BS

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TBR, I do not know anyone who wants everyone to carry. I do know considerable people who want to outlaw all guns, including toy guns.

Even with a state such as NC where anyone can carry, as long as they are not a felon, there is not a horde of people carrying. There are not gunfights in the streets, except for Durham, but they are the only city that requires firearm registration. Oddly they have the highest crime.

People who have fear of firearms should not carry. Carrying a firearm is a huge responsibility that most people are unwilling to take. But most of these people are not the ones banging the drums. It is the control freaks that do not like people who are responsible enough to stand on their own two feet.

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TOPIC: Activist re- launches anti-toy gun campaign