Toy nerf guns — the weapon of choice for students participating in Missouri State University’s semi-annual “Humans vs. Zombies” live-action game — may be the latest casualty of irrational anti-gun hysteria at American universities.
Humans vs. Zombies, a once-per-semester tradition at the Springfield campus, involves students using toy nerf guns to shoot foam bullets at each other. Almost 500 students played the most recent iteration of the game last month.
“I get really excited for it,” said Chad Holmes, a faculty advisor for Live Action Society, the group that hosts the game, in a statement to Ozarks First. “It’s my favorite game we play.”
Unfortunately, it involves guns. Toy guns that are incapable of harming anyone, and are enjoyed by small children around the country, but guns nonetheless.
Don Clark, director of public safety at MSU, told a public radio station that the nerf guns are a serious disruption, because other students seem them and report them.
“We cannot tell people that ‘if you see someone with a gun, it might be a Nerf gun, so just disregard it,’” said Clark.
Good Freaking Grief! If you cannot decipher the difference between a real gun and a Nerf gun then you are too stupid to brush your teeth without supervision. Seriously, are that many people really THAT stupid?
Strobridge Elementary School in Hayward, California will host a toy gun buyback this Saturday. Children who turn in their toy guns will be entered for a chance to win a bicycle, so it’s less of a buyback and more like an expensive raffle.
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.”
Two things here. First off playing with toy guns has been going on in America for decades upon decades. Before their were toy guns, kids used sticks, fingers and anything else that looked like a gun. See kids play games, it is natural and normal, which is probably why Hill takes issue with it. Secondly, Hill apparently thinks using a real gun is necessarily bad. But that is absurd. Millions of Americans have used real guns to protect themselves. Yes, including many kids. That is not a bad thing, that is a good thing, and Hill should have the ability to see that. But, moral clarity and objective thinking is not something Liberals excel at. It interferes with their emotion-driven opinions, and that makes them fussy.
Now, I am not saying that we should not teach kids about gun safety, that is a major priority, and groups like the NRA are at the forefront of that effort. Of course, I would wager that Hill loathes the NRA, and would never opt for having them talk gun safety to his students. He would likely prefer to cast blame on the NRA, as well as the millions of responsible gun owners than actually learn from either. That is sad.
The other sad aspect of programs like this one is that they are used to indoctrinate kids to hate guns. The message is simple, guns are bad, even guns that are not guns. Even the word gun is now bad somehow. We know the many stories of kids suspended because they pointed a chicken strip and said “bang”, or drew a picture of a soldier with a gun, or brought a water pistol to school, or chewed a Pop Tart into the “shape of a gun”. These cases amount to child abuse, and nothing more. This must be stopped, and now. If state legislatures want to do something positive, they can start by cracking down of such school policies. As Stacey McCain puts it, why aren’t you home schooling yet?
Years ago, someone explained to me what’s wrong with the system: Government school bureaucrats are not interested in teaching facts.
What they are interested in teaching is attitudes.
Once you understand that, everything else makes sense.
In the latest incident of anti-gun hysteria to erupt in a school setting, a kindergarten boy has been suspended from school for 10 days because he showed a friend his cowboy-style cap gun on the way to school.
The incident happened on Wednesday morning at about 8:30 a.m. on a school bus in Calvert County, Maryland, reports The Washington Post.
The suspended boy had acquired the menacing, plastic, orange-tipped weapon at Frontier Town, a western-themed campground with a water park, mini golf and the like.
School officials at Dowell Elementary School in the town of Lusby proceeded to question the five-year-old for over two hours before finally calling his mother, whom The Post also does not name.
The principal eventually called the boy’s mother at 10:50 a.m. By that time, the five-year-old had wet his pants (which the mother called highly unusual).
Interrogated? For two hours? Over a cap gun? I wonder what questions the Gestapo school officials posed to the child? Any doubt that he was asked if mommy and daddy had any guns? Of course, things could have been worse for the little boy
The Post explains that the principal — Jennifer L. Young, according to Dowell Elementary’s website — told the kindergartener’s mother that things would have been even worse had the toy gun been loaded with caps. In that case, the school would have regarded the plaything as an explosive and called the police.
Oh the police should have been called, and should have hauled the principal off in cuffs for abusing a child. What kind of sick bastard does that to a child of five? But I suppose that is the price we pay for allowing our educational system to indoctrinate America’s youth to hate guns, and make no mistake that is, in the end what this is about. The message that little boy got was that guns are bad and you will be punished for touching one, even a toy. Raising good little Stalinists has to start early you know.
Weasel Zippers is all over this stupid stunt. When Conservatives accuse the Left of being ALL about feelings, these are the types of things we mean!
(Boston Globe) — Dominic Johnson, a 10-year-old fourth-grader with a fledgling Mohawk, brandished his black, long-nosed toy gun and caressed the muzzle appreciatively.“It’s like a shotgun mixed with a rifle,’’ he said, as his mother, April, told him to stop pointing it at nearby children.
Soon it would be junk.
Dominic joined dozens of children yesterday at the annual Toy Gun Bash in the gymnasium of Pleasant View Elementary School. There, they lined up to toss their toy guns, from dainty purple water guns to camouflage-painted pistols, inside the Bash-O-Matic, a large black, foam creature with churning metal teeth and the shape of a cockroach spliced with a frog.
Prodded by Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch, who wore a fuzzy Santa hat, the children stared curiously as the Bash-O-Matic mashed up their guns and digested them into a plastic bin near its tail. “He ate it,’’ squealed one delighted little girl.
’Tis the season for joy, peace, and grinding up plastic, orange-tipped AK-47s.
For seven years, Providence municipal and law enforcement officials have organized the event around Christmastime as a way to raise awareness of the dangers of playing with guns, real or fake. The event is a mix of the macabre and the playful, a children’s version of the gun buyback program in which adults trade firearms for gift certificates.
Yesterday, younger children ran through a rubber obstacle course while officials told the older children the story of a 14-year-old boy who police nearly shot after they confused his air pistol with a real gun.
In exchange for their toy guns, all the children received wrapped presents that were indisputably not violent — dolls, stuffed animals, and board games like checkers.
Some children were not thrilled with the trade.
Malik Hall, a round-eyed second-grader, looked apprehensive as he stood in line with his favorite toy, a thick, blue gun with plastic sword underneath the muzzle. The 8-year-old was furious when his mother, Amanda, told him he would have to give it up. Yesterday morning, he tried to hide it under his pillow, she said. “I’m worried,’’ she said. “He might cry.’’
But when it was his turn, Malik strode dry-eyed and with quiet dignity to the Bash-O-Matic and fed it the gun. When his mother approached, he said nothing.
“You don’t want to talk to me?’’ Hall asked. He looked at her stonily and left to retrieve his gift .
Hall said she had no regrets. The 26-year-old mother of six said she has been trying to wean her only son off toy guns for years. In kindergarten, he brought a pop gun to school and shot at a classmate when the child refused to return his toy truck.
See, all emotionalistic nonsense! Nothing real or substantive at all.