You’re likely familiar with gun buyback programs. Normally sponsored by the relevant local governments and coordinated by police departments, the point of the efforts is to reduce the number of firearms in civilian hands, to “get guns off the streets,” as it were.
Well, doubling-down on their gun control agenda, some people are taking the opportunity organize toy gun buyback programs.
That’s right…toy guns are now the subject of buyback programs.
According to the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, one such effort took place on Dec. 21, in Hempstead, N.Y., a Long Island city that has a strong history of supporting well-known liberal politicians.
Organized by Manhattan socialite Jean Shafiroff, in association with the Hempstead Heights Civic Association and Mayor Wayne Hall, the buyback offered the children of Hempstead the opportunity to turn in their toy guns in exchange for a brand new toy.
In speaking with Newsday, the established daily newspaper of Long Island, Shafiroff said, “I wanted children to know toy guns are not good toys… By exchanging them for a much better gift, it shows a toy gun is not worth having.”
“We need to get away from that culture and give children appropriate toys. Hempstead is sending a message guns are not to be played with,” chimed in Lamont Johnson of the Hempstead Heights Civic Association.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large