Strobridge Elementary School in Haward California is holding a toy gun buyback today. Kids who turn in their toy guns will be given a chance to win a bicycle.
Opposing Views reported
We’ve all heard of gun buybacks, but how about a toy gun buyback? Strobridge Elementary School in Hayward, California will host a toy gun buyback this Saturday. Children who turn in their toy guns will be entered for a chance to win a bicycle, so it’s less of a buyback and more like an expensive raffle.
Charles Hill, the school’s principal, explained, “Playing with toys guns, saying ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ desensitizes them, so as they get older, it’s easier for them to use a real gun.”
The event, dubbed Strobridge Elementary Safety Day, will feature a Hayward police officer talking about gun and bicycle safety.
But not everybody is convinced that the buyback is a good idea. “Having a group of children playing cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians is a normal part of growing up,” said Yih-Chau Chang of the pro-gun group Responsible Citizens of California. “While the intentions are obviously good on the part of the school administration, this doesn’t really educate children about guns or gun safety. Guns are used in crimes, but they are more often used in defensive ways which prevent violent crime from occurring in the first place.”
He also points out that toy guns are so visually different from real guns that vilifying toy guns won’t have much of an impact.