Gun Trade-in Program At An Elementary School

Now that I have your attention, yes, it was at an elementary school. But, the guns being taken in were toys and that’s the point of this blog.

As a child growing up in the 1960’s when the television was the main form of evening entertainment, top shows included Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Combat, Dragnet, and Mission Impossible. Know what they had in common? Guns. Even the comedies back then such as Beverly Hillbillies, Andy Griffith and Hogan’s Heroes had guns. As a kid, everyone had a Lone Ranger style cap pistol, a dart gun with a pink rubber tip or a firearm-shaped space blaster.  We played cowboys and Indians. We took turns as cops or robbers. I, being the German kid was always made to play the Nazi soldier. If you listen to the liberal, gun-control rhetoric being spewed today, my friends and I grew up to be pistol-packing maniacs awaiting the opportunity to open fire on innocent civilians in a public square.

So what are we teaching our children in our elementary schools today? In Hayward, Calif., Principal Charles Hill of Stonebridge Elementary decided to hold a toy gun buyback at his school, giving children the opportunity to turn over their plastic-tipped peacemakers, water pistols and photon ray blasters in return for books and the chance to win a more Democrat-affable bicycle.

In explaining his logic, Hill said, “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.” This is the height of stupidity and this is the school’s principal talking. His flawed logic is very scary.

While it may just seem like the sissy principal is still a little upset that Santa forgot his Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle ( with a compass in the stock), the anti-gun sentiment throughout the United States has actually made Hill’s style of educator pants-wetting over children’s toys bearing any resemblance to guns quite common.

Late last month, the principal at Dowell Elementary School in Lusby, Md., carried out a hot lamp-style interrogation on a 5 year-old boy who brought a cowboy-style cap gun to school. The mother said the principal told her that if the cap gun had been loaded with caps, it would have been deemed an explosive and police would have been called in. The child was suspended. The boy, described by his mother as “all bugs and frogs and cowboys,” was apparently questioned so rigorously by the principal that he “uncharacteristically” wet his pants. Reports indicate that the youngster has been allowed back at school, but that the incident will remain on his permanent record. What a terrible trauma to inflict on a 5 year-old little boy! 

My own state is no better. There was the case of a 10-year-old boy on Long Island who suggested that a bully ought to be shot with a water pistol. The cops were called in, went to his house and confiscated his father’s concealed carry permit. The boy’s father, was told that his 2nd Amendment rights would be restored when his son turned 18 and moved out of the house. What madness!

What do these states have in common? Run by Democrats. Why is it they are so afraid of the people to exert their rights and for children to be children? Why do they need to treat toys as deadly weapons?

If their argument is that playing with toy guns increases the chances that a child will grow up to shoot people with real guns, does it apply to other children’s toys? Do youngsters who play with remote-control cars have a higher chance of being reckless drivers? If your child is allowed to play Monopoly, what are the chances of his running a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scam when he grows up? I played with plastic swords as a kid, too. Guess what? I didn’t grow up to be a pirate. Okay, but it was only one time for a Halloween party.

The children who surrender their toys, surrender a part of their childhood. It’s called imagination. 

Hey! Don’t shoot, I’m just a kid trying to have a childhood!


As I got older, my dad got me a BB gun. Guess what? I didn’t shoot my eye out. 


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