“In a video released by police, a boy of about 10 is seen pointing a gun at a woman in a crosswalk near 16th Street and Allegheny Avenue Monday evening,” philadelphia.cbslocal.com reports. “The boy, along with two teens, eventually pointed the gun at a man who called 911 . . . After the video was released, the parents of the young boy brought him into police, who determined the gun was a toy.” Well now, hold on there a minute Jim. I’m not so worried about whether or not the gat’s a toy as I am about the fact that there’s no mention of blowback for a boy who terrorized a stranger. And I’m sure as hell seeing something more than just that one incident—although exactly what I’m not sure. [Click here for another account.] The Philadelphia Police Commissioner’s reaction to the incident is equally mystifying . . .
Police commissioner Charles Ramsey says it’s fortunate no one was hurt, and he says it’s a reminder to parents to be careful if they buy their children a toy gun that looks real.
“If you’re confronted with a gun that looks real, you just don’t have a chance to determine if it’s made by Colt or Mattel.”
Instead of replicas, he recommends the bright orange or yellow plastic guns that are clearly toys.
Wait. So it wasn’t a toy gun. It was a replica. Wouldn’t that make the boy’s threats more like, I dunno, a crime? And what about that wilding action on the car? Isn’t that worth discussing on some sort of law enforcement level? Unless they knew the guy in the car. Huh.
“Parents have to be very careful when they buy kids replicas like that, to make sure that if they’re going to allow them to play with it, that they definitely never allow them to take it out of the house. But, I would encourage people never to buy those kind of toys.”
Toys, replicas, replicas as toys, cops who don’t want kids to play with toy guns. Weird.