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Anti-toy gun campaign re-launched
after Connecticut tragedy

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:SallyHerigstad, 12/27/2012 1:28:53 AM

Santa Monica, Calif. - A crusade against toy guns that began in 1987 is being re-launched following the elementary school shooting in Connecticut that left dozens dead. Santa Monica activist Jerry Rubin says a personalized merit award will be sent to children who write to him about why they don´t like playing with toy guns. Rubin says his anti-toy gun project used to reward children who sent in their toy guns with teddy bears in exchange, but stopped after he ran out of the 5,000 donated stuffed animals. Less than two weeks ago, 20 children and six adults were gunned down

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It doesn´t need to make sense, as long as you feel like you´re doing something.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: horacer, 12/27/2012 1:39:39 AM     (No. 9085197)

His campaigns may have made him a familiar figure, they´ve done no good. They´ve probably done harm. Why does something this stupid receive attention.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chumley, 12/27/2012 1:56:02 AM     (No. 9085203)

Gee, Santa just brought my grandson a toy gun. With this toy he can have fun playing and still learn the safety rules. Rules like, dont point it at people, and dont carry a (foam) round in the chamber. He is very consciencious about the rules, and when he does mess up there is no injury because it is a toy.
Or he could be like a neighbor I had some years ago who had never held a gun. I brought home a Mauser rifle I´d just bought, and the first thing he did when I showed it to him was swing it around and point it at me.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/27/2012 3:41:48 AM     (No. 9085222)

Rubin is obviously a liberal nut-case and needs to be mandatorily shipped off to a nut house.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: 4Justice, 12/27/2012 4:01:51 AM     (No. 9085233)

Idiot...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mazeman, 12/27/2012 4:18:57 AM     (No. 9085236)

What boy in his right mind would prefer a teddy bear over a toy gun?

Methinks the moms are behind this. Again.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: pineledger, 12/27/2012 6:14:29 AM     (No. 9085277)

Cowboys and Indians is part of MY culture. Hands off.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: provide, 12/27/2012 6:15:03 AM     (No. 9085278)

... or an Easy Bake oven.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: strike3, 12/27/2012 6:34:41 AM     (No. 9085295)

How do these kids know that the teddy bears aren´t insane and will try to choke them in the middle of the night?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: uno, 12/27/2012 6:51:32 AM     (No. 9085308)

Sure, take the toy guns away. Yeah, plastic toys, that´s the real problem!
But don´t even think about touching that Mortal Combat video game or unsupervised cable!
Looks like Jerry wants another 15 minutes of fame...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: avmermaid, 12/27/2012 7:27:22 AM     (No. 9085340)

Will they try to take sticks and pointer fingers away from children too? Will they continue to get all upset if a child even draws a picture of a gun in school? Forbid something and curiosity and desire grows.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/27/2012 7:38:11 AM     (No. 9085348)

If George Washington´s troops carried teddy bears instead of guns, we would all have British accents.
Boys being boys and playing with guns and GI Joe is normal. I wish this feminizing of boys would stop.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: afherkdriver, 12/27/2012 7:58:28 AM     (No. 9085370)

He´ll shoot his eye out!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: hamrman, 12/27/2012 7:59:20 AM     (No. 9085372)

Moron...

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Barkingkangaroo, 12/27/2012 8:28:26 AM     (No. 9085422)

How many toy guns have killed people? The real problem is not with the toys.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: texaspast, 12/27/2012 8:31:33 AM     (No. 9085430)

Heh. I think I will send Mr. Rubin some pictures from our local paper showing kids (ages six and up, boys AND girls) with the deer they have shot. It is common practice here in East Texas for papers to print these pictures during hunting season. Lots of kids here don´t get toy guns for Christmas - they get the real thing! I was a late bloomer - didn´t get my first ´real´ gun (not counting the BB guns) when I was 10 - a bolt action .410. Got a .22 single shot Ithaca lever action when I was 12 (still have that one in my closet - my favorite gun ever!) Back then, the Boy Scouts had firearm safety training as part of the program, plus every dad taught their kids firearm safety. The first rule I learned was never point a gun at anyone, even a toy gun. I think that was drilled into me when I got my first toy gun! Second was there is no such thing as an unloaded gun. And lots more. I learned these from my father, and reinforced by Scouts and even school.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: GOPJihad, 12/27/2012 9:16:31 AM     (No. 9085512)

Growing up in the ´70s and early ´80s my brother & I had dozens of toy guns, cap guns, etc. A couple of favorites were an "M-16" that I had that produced the sound of automatic fire when the trigger was pulled, and my brother´s toy "FAL" which not only made the sound of automatic fire, but also shot sparks out from its muzzle!

Other friends had inoperable/plugged M1911s, Mausers, and one even had an inoperable M-1 carbine! As best I can tell, none of us grew into spree killers, and in fact most grew into lawyers, doctors, contractors, etc. that enrich their communities.

Growing up learing that guns are machines and tools whose value is priceless in the hands of good men and women, you don´t grow up as a hoplophobe (as these handwringers would prefer).

Accordingly, I´m a proud owner as an adult of more than a couple of AR-15s and at least one FAL.

I would suggest Mr. Rubin, or someone who thinks more highly about freedom, liberty, and the resistance of tyranny, give each one of these essay writers some reading as their "reward." I would suggest The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression. This way they can learn how democide killed over 100 million men, women, and children just this past century alone. And one thing they almost all had in common is the governments that killed them all prohibited the keeping and bearing of arms by those whose necks they rested their boots upon.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: johnwayne, 12/27/2012 12:22:22 PM     (No. 9085988)

So... violent movies, video games, TV shows, etc. don´t have a negative influence on children, but toy guns do?

Join the NRA.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: REXHANDSOM, 2/13/2013 6:33:28 PM     (No. 9174836)

We all might learn, toy guns don´t kill, but Teddy Bears might, when you go too far.

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