We’ve seen a shift in tactics among gun control activists in recent years. In the Newtown aftermath they tried to legislate guns out of existence in the United States. While the anti-gun forces had some success in a handful of states and localities, the majority of the country sent a clear message that they rejected the idea that increased gun control solves anything. As a response, the focus has shifted from a “tyranny of the minority” game plan to one where the the focus is on killing off the “gun culture.” No matter what it takes. From attempting to ostracize gun owners in retail stores to trying to silence any opinion with which they disagree, the plan is to make gun owners into social outcasts, keeping the younger generation from following in their gun-owning forebears’ footsteps. Their latest tactic: banning toy guns . . .
The logic is pretty simple. If kids don’t play with toy guns growing up, they won’t want real guns when they grow up. Or so they hope. Of course, that doesn’t really work — my own mother tried that tactic, and look how that ended up.
Nevertheless, the New York State Attorney general is making an attempt to ban all toy guns from the state, first demanding that retailers within the state stop selling them and now demanding that online retailers do the same.
Major retailers are illegally selling prohibited toy guns online, the N.Y Attorney General’s office alleged Thursday.
Eric Schneiderman’s office sent cease and desist letters to the retailers (Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, K-Mart, Sears and ToyArsenal.com) to halt sales of these toy guns to New Yorkers immediately. One K-Mart also sold these guns in a Rochester, New York, location, the office alleged.
New York state law prohibits retailers from selling guns in realistic colors unless it has one-inch-wide orange stripe running down both sides of the barrel and the front end of the barrel that cannot be removed.
Using a single well-publicized tragedy to push wide-reaching agendas on their subjects is a well worn tactic from the civilian disarmament crowd, and this instance is no different. Never let a crisis go to waste. Using the shooting of Tamir Rice as their justification, they now have all the ammunition, so to speak, they need to start working toward eliminating toy guns from American life.
It’s perfectly in line with the common beliefs of the gun control crowd. Instead of blaming the parents for not teaching their child proper gun safety and a little common sense, they blame the inanimate object for the tragedy that ensues. It all boils down to personal responsibility and it looks like, once again, the antis are crying out for the state to make decisions for members of the public who are too stupid to do it for themselves. Including what toys are appropriate for their offspring.