Outrageous! East Coast City Bans Sale of “Imitation Firearms” – A.K.A. “Toy Guns”

10774458_sFor too long we’ve seen it happening in our schools.

Zero-tolerance policies make pop-tart guns a punishable offense. And no longer is it acceptable for children to  put their index and middle fingers together to create a “make-pretend” blaster without fear of punitive action.

And while that kind of zero-tolerance ridiculousness is happening inside of American schools, a certain city council has decided to pass similar legislation for the rest of the population.

The Atlantic City Council recently approved ordinances to ban the sale of toy guns. The law was brought to pass by every council member in the municipality and makes it illegal for any toy that resembles a gun to be sold.

Initiated by Police Lt. James Sarkos, the toy gun ordinance bans the sale, possession or use of any imitation firearms — except for non-firing antiques and film prop guns — which aren’t in bright, fluorescent colors or transparent. Pistols that use metal caps are banned from being sold to minors.

Apparently, Council President William Marsh and Councilman George Tibbitt think this is a revolutionary idea that is going to change the world.

“We’ve gotten a lot of phone calls from D.C. and Philadelphia,” Tibbitt said. “This is catching on. This may be saving some lives,” Marsh added.

You can see where they’re going with this.

Toy guns are just too realistic, so they should be banned. Why? Because guns are bad of course.

But whatever happened to common sense?

At the very least it comes down to responsible parenting. Parents should encourage their children to respect the law. Police should also inform them of the role of police in fighting crime. That’s called education.

Depriving kids of toy guns in the interest of public safety is nothing short of Orwellian. When children are made to believe that only police are meant to have weapons, it sets up a world where the balance of power sits firmly in the hands of the state.

Not a good place to be.

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