Elementary school hosts toy gun buyback

By | June 8, 2013

The unprecedented overreach of public school administrators regarding the issue of guns continues at breakneck speed. Regardless of context, children now regularly face draconian punishment for even mentioning the word.
If rational thought ever again prevails in America, we might look back to one event signaling the point this leftist movement jumped the shark: an elementary school’s toy gun buyback program.
Charles Hill, principal of Strobridge Elementary School in California, organized the “Safety Day” event and offers students books and a chance to win one of four new bikes as incentives to bring in their water guns and other toys he said make it “easier for them to use a real gun.”
Gun rights advocate Yih-Chau Chang of Responsible Citizens of California is a vocal critic of the program, suggesting its mission is misguided.
Calling it a “normal part of growing up,” he explained children have long played imaginative games involving guns and other weapons.
Despite his good intentions, Chang said Hill’s program “doesn’t really educate children about guns or gun safety,” citing the fact firearms are “more often used in defensive ways which prevent violent crime from occurring in the first place.”
Hill also expressed concern that “one of our sixth-graders wanting to fake someone out at a 7-Eleven” would be shot by someone mistaking a toy gun for the real thing.
Of course, Chang responded with the fact that toymakers are “forced to paint guns in bright colors … that make it virtually impossible for an officer to mistake it for a real gun.”
Still, Hill stands by his controversial mission, saying “we need to start early,” apparently through compulsory indoctrination, to assure “older kids” do “not think guns are cool.”
The demonization of guns and their owners is boilerplate rhetoric on the left. Reaching an increasingly younger audience merely creates an increased likelihood the next generation will embrace this misguided worldview.
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2 thoughts on “Elementary school hosts toy gun buyback

  1. Jim Clayton

    This gun control by schools is getting more and more out of control.In one school a sixth grader bit his taco in the shape of a gun and was suspended. In another school kids were pointing fingers as guns and were suspended. Just the other day the parents of a young boy about 8 years old whose name was Hunter were told to change their kid’s name since his name in a hand sign was the shape of a gun. This is gun paranoia and PC out of control.

  2. Jan Brown

    “You’ve got to be kidding!” was my first reaction. Then I saw I was in Southern California & just ‘business as usual’. We must put a BIG sign on the doors of these schools that reads “CLOSED FOR REPAIR” 2014 elections will give us that chance. ALL states effect yours & we can help each other. If your neighbor has a strong candidate, support them! Money is great, but you can write letters for newspapers in that area, get a mailing list & send emails etc. Many would ‘like’ to serve but are up against BIG money machines. ASK, they’ll be happy to get your help. Take this very seriously, your town may be on the ‘list’

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