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Published On: Mon, Jun 10th, 2013

California school holds toy gun buyback, Principal says 6th graders may want to use them to ‘fake out someone’

Strobridge Elementary School in Hayward, California will hosted a toy gun buyback Saturday. Children who turn in their toy guns will be entered for a chance to win a bicycle.

photo Chelsea Gomez (Oakes) via Flickr

photo Chelsea Gomez (Oakes) via Flickr

Charles Hill, the school’s principal, explained, “Playing with toys 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.”

The event, dubbed Strobridge Elementary Safety Day, will feature a Hayward police officer talking about gun and bicycle safety.

“Some of the guns I’ve confiscated, if they’re stuck down in a waistband, the average person would think it’s a real gun,” Hill said. “I could easily see one of our sixth-graders wanting to fake out someone at a 7-Eleven by walking in there. They would think it’s funny, but it could turn into tragedy.”

“Having a group of children playing cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians is a normal part of growing up,” said Yih-Chau Chang of the pro-gun group Responsible Citizens of California. “While the intentions are obviously good on the part of the school administration, this doesn’t really educate children about guns or gun safety. Guns are used in crimes, but they are more often used in defensive ways which prevent violent crime from occurring in the first place.”

James Allen at Townhall writes: “… the toy gun buyback program clearly reveals another example of public education going above and beyond its job description, while failing to educate children on how to read the labels on their toy guns or learning to count their pretend bullets,they are once again melding in childish affairs.The toy gun buyback program is not about gun education but control.”

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  1. President Obama enjoys Father’s Day by playing water guns with his daughters, no injuries were reported - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] Chris Hill, who organized the event, explained that toy guns desensitize kids toward gun […]

  2. Ax says:

    Bat shit crazy!

  3. Gun politics thread says:

    […] Source. California School Holds Toy Gun Buyback, Principal Says 6th Graders May Want To Use Them To ‘Fake Out Someone’ Strobridge Elementary School in Hayward, California will hosted a toy gun buyback Saturday. Children who turn in their toy guns will be entered for a chance to win a bicycle. Charles Hill, the school’s principal, explained, “Playing with toys 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.” The event, dubbed Strobridge Elementary Safety Day, will feature a Hayward police officer talking about gun and bicycle safety. “Some of the guns I’ve confiscated, if they’re stuck down in a waistband, the average person would think it’s a real gun,” Hill said. “I could easily see one of our sixth-graders wanting to fake out someone at a 7-Eleven by walking in there. They would think it’s funny, but it could turn into tragedy.” “Having a group of children playing cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians is a normal part of growing up,” said Yih-Chau Chang of the pro-gun group Responsible Citizens of California. “While the intentions are obviously good on the part of the school administration, this doesn’t really educate children about guns or gun safety. Guns are used in crimes, but they are more often used in defensive ways which prevent violent crime from occurring in the first place.” James Allen at Townhall writes: “… the toy gun buyback program clearly reveals another example of public education going above and beyond its job description, while failing to educate children on how to read the labels on their toy guns or learning to count their pretend bullets,they are once again melding in childish affairs.The toy gun buyback program is not about gun education but control.” ____________________________"Men with guts attack those corners!" – Keiichi Tsuchiya Reply With Quote […]

  4. Gson says:

    Are you people in California NUTS? I’ve always heard the saying that anyone from CA, is from the land of fruits and nuts. Unfortunately, I was born in LA… right smack dab in the middle of that liberal left city. Thank Goodness I had the luck to be taken out of that state and raised in a state that has some modicum of common sense!

    You people have truly gone “over the edge”…. yup, just a bunch of fruitcakes!

  5. Tom Hahn says:

    I have one question………How did the people of California allow these idiots to get control of their schools?? I guess “low information” voters don’t just vote every 4 years!!!

  6. B. Miles says:

    Amen Yih-Chau Chang.

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