1960s’ Toy Commercial that Would Horrify the Anti-Gun Left

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This is from Godfather Politics.

The children from the30’s 40’s 50’s and 60’s are the last of the children that knew how to play.

We did not have game consoles and computers and we 

only had between two and four television channels.

Children from the 30’s and 40’s only had a radio.

The liberals would have a stroke because we got our

rear ends paddled be  at home or at our friends house.

Every kid growing up in the 1950s and 1960s played with toy guns, many of which looked like the real thing. The toy commercials of the era advertised these plastic replicas to millions of children with little or no ill effect,

Mattel Tommy Burst Detective Set_boxed

Mattel Tommy Burst Detective Set

I graduated from high school in 1968. There were some problem students. I do remember a student who robbed a bank during lunch and hid the money in his locker, but that was the rare exception. It was big news at the time because it was so out of the ordinary.

There were fights and petty thievery. The perpetrators were dealt with swiftly by the administration without having to worry that their parents would hire a lawyer and sue the school. There were no metal detectors. Lots of kids carried pocket knives.

My wife grew up in a small town in the northwestern part of Pennsylvania. The schools closed for the first day of doe and buck season. There was no reason to hold classes because most of the boys would be out with their dads hunting deer. No one ever took a gun to school to shoot anybody. You could see kids riding down the street with a rifle across the handle bars.

Many people do not know that many high schools across the country used to have shooting clubs. Consider the very anti-gun (anti-First Amendment) state of New York:

“In 1975, New York state had over 80 school districts with rifle teams. In 1984, that had dropped to 65. By 1999 there were just 26. The state’s annual riflery championship was shut down in 1986 for lack of demand. This, sadly, is a familiar story across the country. The clubs are fading from memory, too.

“A Chicago Tribune report from 2007 notes the astonishment of a Wisconsin mother who discovered that her children’s school had a range on site. ‘I was surprised, because I never would have suspected to have something like that in my child’s school,’ she told the Tribune. The district’s superintendent admitted that it was now a rarity, confessing that he ‘often gets raised eyebrows’ if he mentions the range to other educators. The astonished mother raised her eyebrows — and then led a fight to have the range closed. ‘Guns and school don’t mix,’ she averred. If you have guns in school, that does away with the whole zero-tolerance policy’”

Times have changed. Well, actually, people, moral standards, and schools have changed.

Consider this commercial for the Mattel Tommy Burst Detective Set.[1] Note how realistic the guns look.

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School Principal: Playing With Toy Guns Leads To Real Gun Violence

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This is from Godfather Politics.

A new gun proclamation from the land of Fruits,flakes

and nuts aka Kalifornia.

Toy guns are a gateway to real guns and violence.

I grew up with people like myself that played with toy guns

and they do not own real guns.

So they have never resorted to gun violence.


The stated goal of real gun buyback programs usually hosted by local police departments is to reduce gun violence by getting guns off the streets. Maybe they should do a pressure cooker buyback so that we can get pressure cookers off the streets and thereby reduce the threat of terrorism.

Strobridge Elementary School in Hayward, California is doing its own “buyback” program for toy guns. When students show up on campus on “Safety Day,” they can turn in their toy guns in exchange for a raffle ticket, a book and a chance to win 1 of 4 bicycles.

The idea behind this toy gun buyback is the same as any other gun buyback program. They’re trying to reduce real gun violence. I’m not kidding. The principal Charles Hill stated, “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.”

But we all know that it’s not just toy guns that concern school officials like this principal. It’s anything that might be construed as a gun or reference to a gun. Even saying “gun” will get a student in trouble. And if teachers had the capability to read students’ minds, they’d make gun thoughts cause for suspension as well.

The principal is hoping this “buyback” approach will spread across the nation’s schools. He wants school officials everywhere to work hard at making kids terrified of guns. Look at what he said:

“If we want older kids to not think guns are cool, we need to start early.”

That sounds very much like what Eric Holder said all those years ago when he was U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. He said that gun-owners should “cower” in shame like cigarette smokers:

“What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we’ve changed our attitudes about cigarettes. You know, when I was growing up, people smoked all the time. Both my parents did. But over time, we changed the way that people thought about smoking, so now we have people who cower outside of buildings and kind of smoke in private and don’t want to admit it. And that’s what I think we need to do with guns.”

It was this same speech that Holder admitted that we needed to brainwash kids about guns:

“One thing that I think is clear with young people and with adults as well, is that we just have to be repetitive about this. It’s not enough to simply have a catchy ad on a Monday and then only do it every Monday.  We need to do this every day of the week and just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.

And that’s just what Principal Charles Hill is doing with this silly toy gun trade-in. Anytime a student gets suspended or penalized for toy gun or gun drawing “violations,” school officials’ complete overreactions are simply their attempts to brainwash kids about guns. Like Mr. Hill said, they’ve got to start them young.

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Father jailed for shooting bb gun with his kids in park

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Hat Tip To Murphy’s Law at Lagniappe’s Lair. 

One more reason for me to never go to New York..

It’s a prelude of things to come I am afraid.


In New York City Wednesday, Jack Pawlowski took his two children to a local park with a toy gun that shoots harmless plastic pellets, only to wind up under arrest and lodged in jail after two self-declared arbiters of acceptable pastimes (aka: “informers”, “squealers”, snitches”) ordered him and his children to leave the park and then called the police and sent them to his home, where he was dragged out in handcuffs with the media present to record the incident.

EXCLUSIVE: Man Arrested For Allegedly Shooting Realistic Toy Gun With Kids In Queens Park

In Bloomberg’s New York, the guy’s lucky that he didn’t have a 2-liter bottle of soda pop in the house along with the kids’ toy guns; He’d probably be getting the death penalty for that.

Watch the video in the news story. The smug arrogance of Leni Calas makes me want to punch her through my computer monitor. It’s pretty clear that she doesn’t think that anyone should even be allowed to have toy guns, much less real ones, and that, in her mind, only her values should count in the community. Sadly, people like Leni Calas are becoming more and more commonplace today and they’re rising to positions of power in our society. Given time, she and her fellow Kapos will help create a social structure here in America that Josef Stalin of Fidel Castro would be jealous of–one where a police state locks people up for trivial offenses that are “crimes” only because they are politically incorrect and everyone turns their neighbors in for everything. Can George Orwell’s “1984” really be all that far away?

Now If you want to drop Leni Calas or her fellow quisling Maria Smilios a line and let them know that you appreciate them stepping up and deciding for everyone what is appropriate and what is not, and for seeing to it that this dangerous criminal was arrested in front of his children for daring to take them out and have some safe, responsible fun with them and an evil toy gun, I offer you their contact information. Please don’t harass or threaten them as that would not be nice and they’ll likely just tattle on you anyway.

Leni Calas
6724 Burns St
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 850-6352

Maria Smilios
2 Shoredale Dr
Manhasset, NY 11030
(516) 627-6299

Toy Gun Permits?

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This is from Girls Just Wanna Have Guns.

I am not surprised by this wacky law in York,S.C.

I moved to South Carolina in late 1988.

A repel of several blue laws  that would happen on January 1,1989.

Made it legal to buy on Sunday men’s socks,men’s underwear

women’s pantyhose,shoe laces and light bulbs.

South Carolina had several other blue laws that were repeal

over the next three years I lived there.


My Mom lives in a small historic town full of old houses and families whose lineage traces back to the founding of the town. However, rules and regulations are as much a part of that town as the sidewalks they walk and the antique chifforobes they hang their clothes in.

Doing some research for Mom about her small town, York, South Carolina, I found something that amazed me in the town’s ordinances. The ordinances of her town state in part:

Sec. 28-281. – Discharging firearms, air rifles and toy guns

“The discharging of firearms within the city, the discharging or shooting of air rifles in the city and the discharging or shooting of toy guns on any of the streets of the city is prohibited; provided, however, that the city chief of police [sic] is authorized to issue temporary permits permitting the discharge of firearms and air rifles within the city, if in the opinion of the chief of police [sic], such permission is necessary to protect property within the city from animals or fowl. The permit must state the purpose for discharging firearms, or air rifles, briefly describe the property to be protected, set forth the date such discharging is permitted and shall be issued only to a person 21 years of age or older who has a valid hunting license. [my bolding and italics]“


I kid you not: “shooting of toy guns” and the Chief of Police needs to issue a permit. “Toy guns” is not defined within the ordinance the “toy guns” statement could cover everything from paint ball guns and cap guns to water pistols. Water pistols are “discharged” or “shot” to make the water come out: so a water pistol is included.

In the City of York, a seven-year-old has to have a permit from the Chief of Police in order to go outside and have a squirt gun fight with his six-year-old brother if they leave the confines of their own yard. That’s IF the Chief of Police considers a squirt gun fight necessary for theprotection of property within the city from animals or fowl. That’s what the ordinance says. Unbelievable.

The whole idea is repugnant to me. A portion of the Second Amendment states,

“the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”


Would the City of York, SC, even recognize those words: even for a squirt gun? Or maybe the words don’t apply to kids playing with squirt guns in the City of York. Of course, why would the Second Amendment apply?

Our Founding Fathers admittedly did not have squirt guns in mind when they wrote the Second Amendment. I seriously doubt that they even thought of the concept of squirt guns. Maybe that’s the reason City of York accepts the limitations?

Why else would they do something like that? Was this ordinance in reaction to a specific incident that happened years ago and the ordinance just hasn’t been amended yet? Or could it be that it’s part of the effort of the left to make our children afraid of guns? An effort to make them part of the hate gun crowd so that they won’t want a Second Amendment right when they’re older?

To tell you the truth, their motivations are not the problem. The problem is the fact that the law exists. The limiting of even “toy guns” limits freedom from a very young age.

It limits freedom and gets our children used to the idea of being incapable of “discharging” or “shooting of toy guns”: which leads to the acceptance of limits on the Second Amendment when they are adults. Limited freedom — of any sort — in childhood leads to acceptance of a limited freedom as an adult. If they grow up that way, they’re less likely to know what they don’t have.

When you have a law that limits even children having a squirt gun war that may leave their own yard and wander into the empty lot next door, across the street into their friend’s yard, or anywhere else within the city limits without a permit from the Chief of Police, there’s a problem with freedom in America.


“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” — Edmund Burke


In York, it looks to me as though the good men have all done nothing. This in the state of Nikki Haley?


Pastor Plans Toy Gun Buyback For Church Kids

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This is from Godfather Politics.

Rev.Rodney Francis needs to read his bible again.

In Luke chapter 22 and verse 36 Jesus said..

Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

toy gun

Gun buyback programs are nothing but photo opportunities for local police departments. They’re PR campaigns for local governments to show everyone that they’re doing their part to curb gun violence. Any one buyback might yield a couple thousand firearms, but in reality, they do nothing to curb gun violence. It just looks good and feels good to the people involved. How many of the guns turned in were defunct and worth next to nothing? How many were used to commit a crime? How many were stolen?

In the eyes of one pastor in St. Louis, Missouri, one can never do too much to help curb gun violence. Rodney Francis is the pastor at Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church. He’s planning a toy gun buyback for kids. Francis said that they’ve got to teach them young so that they don’t get a distorted view of guns when they get older:

“My wife and I feel that we need to do everything we can to not allow our kids to get exposed to this too early. They’re going to get exposed to it but we can protect them early on so they don’t get a distorted view of what those can do to the human body. We want to engage the culture of violence and one of the strategies that we thought we might be able to use is to educate parents about the danger of allowing kids to continue this access to toy guns and playing with toy guns.”

The pastor and his wife don’t allow violent video games, violent movies or toy guns in their house. That’s fine. What I don’t know is if they have real guns for real self-defense and real protection of their family. Instead of getting kids to turn in their toy guns in order to get those “assault” Nerf guns off the streets, how about teaching the kids at a young age about how to use real guns? Teach them about gun safety. Yes, show them how dangerous a gun can be, but also how important one can be if one’s life is in danger.

Teaching kids at a young age is important. But what will it teach them if they’re being told to turn in their toys? It will teach them that guns are in and of themselves bad. And anything that looks like a gun, a toy, a drawing or even a hand shaped like one are all evil. But that kind of mentality will not help protect anyone from a violent criminal.

Besides, trying to disarm the law-abiding child population in this St. Louis church may only lead to a black market of toy guns. And I’m sure this pastor won’t want these toy guns ending up in the wrong hands.

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Alexandria cops bust 10-year-old for bringing toy gun to school

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This is from The Washington Examiner.

The people who run our public schools have lost their damned minds.

It is a plastic toy gun!!

Why was this boy arrested?

Even the police department spokesman said it had an orange tip.

I hope his family sues the Hell out of the school and police department.

A 10-year-old Alexandria boy was arrested after police said he brought a toy handgun to school on Tuesday, a day after he showed it to others on a school bus.

The boy, a fifth-grader at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School whose name is not being released, was charged as a juvenile with brandishing a weapon, police said.

He was also suspended from school, and Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman said further action is being considered, including expulsion.

On Monday, the boy showed the plastic gun to at least one other student during a bus ride home from the school. The 10-year-old did not point it at anyone or threaten to shoot it, but he neglected to mention that the weapon was fake, said Alexandria police spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt.

School officials said they learned about the incident Monday evening and immediately started investigating. Alexandria police spoke to school administrators Tuesday morning before the boy got to school.

When the boy arrived, authorities found the toy in his backpack. He was taken into custody, transported to a juvenile detention center for booking and then released to his parents, Hildebrandt said.

“The safety of our students is always our first concern,” Sherman said. “We appreciate the quick response and action by our police.”

The toy resembled a semi-automatic handgun, said police spokesman Jody Donaldson. It was silver and had a black handle. It also had a orange tip that went into the barrel, showing that no ammunition was coming out of it.

In light of current events involving schools and guns, Donaldson said police “do have a heightened sensitivity to any rumor or concern” about a student possibly having a firearm.

“Any time we get a call like this, we take it very seriously until we can determine the extent of the weapon — if it’s real or not — and what the student intends to do with it,” Donaldson said.

But some people said police and school administrators overreacted.

“A toy gun is no danger to anyone,” said Liane Rozzell, executive director of Families & Allies of Virginia’s Youth. “A 10-year-old is not a fully formed adult by any means. And that kind of situation should be dealt with outside the courts and the justice system.”

Robin Ficker, a Bethesda attorney who represented a 6-year-old Montgomery County student who was suspended last month for pointing his finger and saying “pow,” said the schools have become terror-stricken.

“That just shows a certain hysteria with the school administration,” Ficker said Tuesday. “What is the point? To say that you don’t like guns, you don’t like the Second Amendment?”

A letter was sent home to parents of all MacArthur students about the incident.

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