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Gunning For Toys

The lamestream media told you:

Fifteen states are considering laws that would ban toy guns, after police officers have felt threatened by the realistic replicas, and one 12-year-old boy was shot to death after pointing one at police in Arkansas.

The laws range from bans on having the toys in cars to restrictions on where they can be sold, such as at convenience stores. Federal law since 1988 has required bright orange tips on such toys, but according to police, kids can easily remove or paint over the tips, leaving the guns virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

A lengthy AP story by Lucas L. Johnson II describes a growing problem with airsoft plastic pellet guns, without identifying them as such. Whether the reporter knew what he was talking about was unclear at press time.

Communist China has been flooding the U.S. with the toys, which are valuable for practice, used in serious games of "tag" using protective gear, gun-handling safety training, show and tell, and are fun to own.

They are carried by many gun stores, most big-box retailers, and even sports chains like Big 5 that have stopped carrying real sidearms altogether. Smart shoppers can easily find the feature-rich, well-made, authentic-looking plastic replicas of many modern sidearms for under $20. The Uninvited Ombudsman admits to owning at least a half dozen, and uses them in private training sessions.

"When DeAunta Farrow appeared armed with one of these realistic-looking toys, threatened a police officer who was on a stakeout with it, and then refused commands to halt, of course he was shot," said a commentator who prefers to remain anonymous. "Don't parents teach their kids that cops can be dangerous, especially if you threaten them?"

"Why blame the court system, which refuses to use all the laws they have that ban threatening behavior, or the misfits who use toys or anything to threaten people, when you can just call for bans on the toys," says Counterintuitive Man. "Nothing is stupider, or more likely to remove you from the gene pool, than threatening a heavily armed cop on patrol with death, no matter how you do it," he said.

In one incident according to the AP, a 20-year-old waved an "Uzi" (actually a toy) from a car at a police cruiser, and the court could not get a conviction for threatening. That may be because they charged him with aggravated assault, and the jury could tell, in the quiet of the court, that it was a toy, not a "toy weapon" as the AP prefers to call it.

Dr. Brown's guidelines for making guns look bad in the news are posted at

It was not immediately clear if the vehicle had the bumper sticker that says, "Honk if you've never seen an Uzi fired from a moving vehicle." The Uninvited Ombudsman eschews such bumper stickers as a safety risk.

Advice found in The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide and similar Bloomfield Press books could eliminate the problem, if followed. "Airsoft and other designs are often precise replicas of popular sidearms and virtually identical at a quick glance, so care must be taken to avoid giving the impression they are real. Don't panic the neighbors. And remember, people have been shot for brandishing 'nearly' guns."

Anti-rights advocates fighting to ban real firearms embrace any ban, even a toy ban, as a step in their right direction. "We support vilifying anything that looks gun-like, and moving us toward the ultimate goal of a complete ban on private firearms," their spokeswomenandmen refused to say. "That's why we support banning pointed-finger guns." Legislators pushing the bills, according to the AP, are doing it because "public safety demands they take action."

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom," said William Pitt (in 1783.)

The Toy Industry Association website "emphatically rejects the scenario that casts toys as villains" according to the AP. Communist China could not be reached for comment. A sales rush on the inexpensive perfectly legal still widely available good-looking fun toys has not been reported, but might make sense.

The sale of BB-type air guns or certain non-firing replicas have federal protection that even real firearms do not presently enjoy -- states are specifically prohibited from banning sales, under 15 USC §5001

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