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Bang, bang, my baby shot me down…
By Tom DeWeese
What would you do if a seven-year-old kid walked into a store where you were working or shopping and brandished a gun and said he was robbing the place? I'd slap his rear and take him home to his mother. Liberals shake in their shoes and misplace their backbones with legislation to ban toy guns.
In Annapolis, Maryland, a seven-year-old child walked into a video store holding a toy gun and announced he was holding up the place. Now, Alderman Cynthia Carter has introduced legislation in the Annapolis City Council to not only ban all toy guns, but also fine parents of any children caught playing with them even in their own yards. What a senseless abuse of government power!
When I was kid my heroes were Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy. They carried guns and so did I. I had a large arsenal of pistols, shot guns, derringers and air rifles. All toys, of course. I spent many an evening after school with my friends playing cowboys and Indians or cops and robbers. We formed armies and built forts. We shouted, "bang, you're dead." Then, when our mothers called us, we went home and had supper.
Let me also explain that I didn't live a utopian "Leave it To Beaver" lifestyle.
I was the original latchkey kid as both of my parents worked and no one was
home when I got out of school. And my possession and use of toy guns didn't
groom me to be a gun fanatic or violent predator. Though I am a member of
the NRA and fully advocate gun ownership, as an adult I have never owned
a real one.
Tom DeWeese is the publisher/editor of The DeWeese Report and president
of the American Policy Center, a grassroots activist think tank. Headquartered
in Warrenton, VA, the Center maintains an Internet site at www.americanpolicy.org. © Tom
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