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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Toy Guns in America: The 1950s Versus Today

Aaron Dykes & Melissa Melton

Check out this old toy gun commercial from the 1950s or '60s and compare it to how children who play with toy guns (or even their own food or fingers fashioned like a gun) are treated today. Do you think kids today are going to want to uphold their 2nd Amendment rights after they are terrorized and suspended or expelled by their schools for chewing a breakfast tart into an L-shape or being forced at age five to undergo a psych eval for bringing a Hello Kitty bubble gun to class?

Others not included here are a kid who was suspended for having gun wallpaper on his school computer, and A DEAF THREE-YEAR-OLD named Hunter whose school told his parents that when he spelled his own name in sign language, it looked too much like a gun, so they wanted the parents to change the sign for their child's name. (Yes. Apparently that actually happened.)

Meanwhile, as in the case of Tamir Rice, we have seen that children who play with toy guns are killed by our modern-day militarized police who shoot first and ask questions if children are old enough to understand the consequences of their actions living in a total police state. We don't expect children to be old enough to vote or buy alcohol, but we expect them to realize if they play with a toy, the cops might gun them down without even giving them a chance to say a word. Tamir was playing with just such a toy in a park in Cincinnati and someone called the cops on him for it. The caller even alluded that the gun was fake twice and that Tamir was probably a kid. That didn't stop the police from showing up and shooting him dead literally within two seconds.

It's a far cry from that classic TV commercial for toy guns from back in the day..

Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton run where this article first appeared. Find them on YouTubeTwitter, and Facebook.

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