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Bright & Shiny Toy Guns

Story: LAPD seeks tighter regulations on toy guns

I think various places around the country have similar regulations.

I remember when I was a kid, I had a popcap gun that looked real, except for brightly colored red crosshairs at the end of the barrel of the gun. In later years, I’ve noticed that more than just the tip of the barrel on toy guns are in bright colors.

But, you know, as kids, we took those bits of red plastic out, so the gun would look real. More fun when you’re playing.

Of course, more dangerous if you were to encounter police or something, which I imagine is why more than the tips of toy guns these days are made of brightly colored plastics. (Of course, we might have spray painted them dark anyways.)

It’s a good idea to protect kids, of course. The last thing you want is a kid playing cops & robbers with his friends wind up getting shot because someone thought he had a real gun.

So, you make toy guns brightly colored so as to distinguish them from the real thing.

Okay, so what happens when criminals start painting their real guns in bright neon colors?

Will that make police and others more hesitant to shoot? Will they think, oh, that’s just a toy?

Will we end up with fewer accidental shootings of kids, but more shootings of police?

And, what happens when real and toy guns become virtually indistinguishable, again? Kids will be less safe? Which brings us back to square one, no?

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Comment by meleah rebeccah
2011-06-07 13:10:46

“Okay, so what happens when criminals start painting their real guns in bright neon colors?’

yanno, I never even thought of that. And that’s a scary concept.

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