No Christmas Truce in the Culture War: Gun Controllers Indoctrinate Kids with Toy Gun Turn-in

Toy Gun Control? Yep. Maybe the anti-gunners would be better off visiting the Island of Misfit Notions. READ IT ALL

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During the Christmas of 1914, some French, British, and German soldiers along World War I’s Western Front informally ceased hostilities in order to celebrate the holiday. The truce offered the combatants a brief moment to celebrate their shared humanity amidst the otherwise ghastly conflict.

No such luck for Americans weary of the United States’ all-consuming culture war. For anti-gun zealots, the Christmas season offers fresh opportunities to mold the next generation of obedient statists.

On December 13, the Village of Hempstead, N.Y. hosted the Long Island Toy Gun Exchange Program, modelled after so-called gun “buybacks” that target real firearms. According to a report from local newspaper Newsday, each child received one politically correct toy in exchange “for whatever water pistols, Nerf guns and other toy guns they turn[ed] in.”

The toys for the turn-in were supplied by local businessman Sean Acosta, who made clear that the program is intended to influence impressionable children against firearm ownership at a young age, with the goal of shifting American public opinion against guns. As reported in the Newsday article:

“It has to start at a young age,” Acosta says of changing gun culture. “If we can get them to say, ‘It’s not cool to carry these toy guns,’ then maybe when they get older, they won’t ever carry a real gun.”

The Newsday report does not indicate that Acosta made any distinction between lawful gun ownership and the criminal misuse of firearms.

This was not the first year Hempstead has hosted this yuletide propaganda effort. In 2015 and 2016, a series of toy gun grabs were organized by Manhattan socialite Jean Shafiroff. At the 2016 iteration, Shafiroff told Newsday her motivation behind the event, stating, “I wanted children to know toy guns are not good toys… By exchanging them for a much better gift, it shows a toy gun is not worth having.”

Toy gun turn-ins have long been a staple of anti-gun activists’ indoctrination efforts, with various types of payouts and foolish spectacle.

In 2010, Providence, R.I. held a Christmastime turn-in where tots were encouraged by the state’s attorney general to toss their toys into a plastic shredder dubbed the Bash-O-Matic, which the Boston Globe described as “a large black, foam creature with churning metal teeth and the shape of a cockroach spliced with a frog.” A 2011 toy turn-in in Buffalo, N.Y. bribed the local children with pizza. When asked about their plans for the pretend ordnance, the Buffalo organizers said they would place the toys in a coffin and bury them as a “symbolic” act.

A 1997 toy gun “buyback” in Rockville, Md. gave children who placed their violent toys in a “peace drum” a new “toy of peace” and asked them to help construct a “Peace Pole.” Another 1997 turn-in at Northern Light School in Oakland, Calif. resulted in a bizarre statue of the ruined toys and the praise of real firearms confiscation advocate Hillary Clinton.

As NRA-ILA has repeatedly pointed out, there is nothing unhealthy about playing with toy guns. In an interview with clinical psychologist and best-selling author Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. stated, “Everyone has an informal causation theory that playing with guns leads to the use of guns in adulthood,” but that, “There’s no scientific evidence suggesting that playing war games in childhood leads to real-life aggression.” The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development notes, “If playful aggression is supported, it is highly beneficial to child development,” and that, “The act of pretending to be aggressive is not equivalent to being aggressive.”

As Acosta pointed out, toy gun turn-ins aren’t about the toys. These events are about conditioning children against all firearm ownership and use. Covering a 1999 toy turn-in in Buffalo, N.Y., a Buffalo News article titled, “Toy gun buyback sends disarming message to young,” reported this fact, noting, “The idea behind the buyback, community leaders said, is to send a message: guns are bad – all guns are bad.”

It’s unfortunate that the deep hatred some have towards America’s legitimate gun culture has compelled them to exploit the Christmas season and impressionable youngsters to score cheap political points. A November 2016 Gallup poll found that 77 percent of U.S. adults thought that “Americans are greatly divided when it comes to the most important values.” Rather than replace a few perfectly good toys, these anti-gun extremists could help provide the entire country what it wants for Christmas, a short respite from the ceaseless political strife, if only they could manage to curb their intolerance for a few brief moments this year.


8 thoughts on “No Christmas Truce in the Culture War: Gun Controllers Indoctrinate Kids with Toy Gun Turn-in”

  1. Needless to say…… These so called anti-gun fanatics never seem to have a solution for removing guns from the criminal population who never give up their guns.

  2. It’s kind of hypocritical for the NRA to claim to oppose this kind of Communist Indoctrination, yet on the other hand, work hand-in-hand with Statists and Traitors to strip rights from lawful gun owners. You cannot have it both ways, NRA – you cannot compromise with psychopathic Leftists and still claim to be an advocate for American gun owners. This is why GOA is the only TRUE gun-advocacy organization in America.

    Teach your kids to shoot safely and responsibly. The best defense against this kind of traitorous, toxic indoctrination of the Left is helping your kids discover the joy of the shooting sports.

  3. The Bill AYERS approach to indoctrinating children when they are too young to realize they are being trained as communist slaves.

  4. When I was growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s, my parents always gave me toy guns at Christmas and birthdays. That was what I wanted. That is what virtually every boy back then wanted.
    When I look back today, I can’t help but feel that even though no Father wants his son to ever have to go to war, perhaps having toy guns and learning to be responsible with real firearms in later years helped prepare their sons in case the need ever arose for them to defend this country.
    When I eventually enlisted in the Navy, I was fortunate and did not have to fight in Vietnam, but if I would have been sent there, I would have known how to handle a firearm safely and effectively.
    I cringe at the thought of present day children found in the same situation if the need arose to fight for this country. I picture them cowering in a corner in a fetal position crying for their mommies.
    This country could be in real trouble if we continue to stop raising boys to be men.

  5. back in about 1920 the gov’t of Japan started brain washing their children and telling them that the code of the bushido warriors was that they could never surrender. this was in preparation of world war II, and resulted in mass suicides when the Japanese people caught in a hopeless battle would end their own lives rather than surrender. one event that high lighted this policy was when on some island battle the women present walked off of a cliff to drown rather than take a chance of being captured by the evil Americans.

  6. this is down right silly. it is a good teaching tool though. teach your child to trade in their broken toy gun for a new toy they can sell or return to store to get a new toy gun that works.
    i have done this at real gun buy backs in the past dropping off old junk parts guns for $50-$75 or trading with people in line that have nice guns they are turning in. i traded for a nice old mauser pistol and bought a 3 screw ruger from a guy for $100 ($50 more than the buy back) and worth $600+. i have bought several other nice guns for next to nothing, offering more than the buy back amount and getting great deals. besmart and dont make a big show of what you are doing or the cops may hassle you. i have been run off from the drop off area a few times but i usally keep a low profile and only approach someone if what theyare dropping of is something special. be smart, turn that old broken raven or RG into a nice old colt revolver or luger. you know darn well when someone turns in a quality firearm the cops are going to keep them for themselves and not destroy them. most cops i know are as big a gun nut as i am and dont want to see these great old guns destroyed anymore than you or me.

  7. Why don’t they take their toys to the “hood” maybe the kids that are the problem will trade their real guns in on their toys!! See how that works for them !! Call it toys for brains

  8. From what I can see from the video-game landscape, the gun culture is pretty well established irrespective of these feeble-minded efforts. This, of and by itself, is nothing more than a photo-op/news-story bolstering the effort to erode the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding folks.

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