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California Elementary School Starts Toy Gun Buy-Back Program

RELAX! They're only water pistols!
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Our friends at Breitbart.com have brought us a story from Strobridge Elementary School in Hayward, California. The school is having a toy gun buy-back program next Saturday!   It will allow students to bring in a toy gun of any kind and exchange it for a book and a raffle ticket to win one of four bicycles.

If there’s any doubt about what prompted this event, Principal Charles Hill had this to say:

“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.”

In contrast, the chairman for the group Responsible Citizens of California, Yih-Chau Chang, has a different and more traditional view:

 ”Having a group of children playing cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians is a normal part of growing up.”

NERF guns, water guns, cap guns, BB guns and and all other toy guns children learn to use responsibly could arguably lead to intelligent gun ownership as adults.

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