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(RI) Program teaches dangers of firearms

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Drizzt, Apr 9, 2005.

  1. Drizzt

    Drizzt Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Moscow on the Colorado, TX
    Program teaches dangers of firearms
    David Casey

    CENTRAL FALLS -- It’s been in the pipeline for awhile but the city’s first-ever Toy Gun Bash, an anti-gun violence event sponsored by Attorney General Patrick Lynch, will go off without a bang on Saturday, April 2.

    Channel One Director Angelo Garcia, who spent months coordinating the event with the Attorney General’s office, local police and various anti-violence organizations, said the program is an opportunity to teach children and parents about the dangers of real firearms, while showing them fun and practical alternatives to "violent" and "competitive" play -- nipping the problem of gun violence at the bud and the root, as it were. The fact that real guns are frequently mistaken for toys by children is another concern, according to Lynch.

    The spoonful of sugar in this cautionary exercise is the Bash-O-Matic, a wacky toy-gun-crushing device designed for Patrick Lynch by the folks at Big Nazo Puppets.

    Kids are encouraged to bring their toy guns to the entrance of Calcutt School, 112 Washington St., around 1 p.m., where they will be ceremoniously crushed and replaced with a non-violent toy.

    "What better way to get kids to realize the repercussions of real-life violence and get them thinking of ways to re-think how they see the world and how they play then by offering them a free basketball," said Garcia. "It’s different for kids today. I think they see (guns) as a means to an end, a viable option. When I was growing up in Central Falls we didn’t go around saying ‘if you mess with me, I’ll blow your head off.’ Today it’s almost socially acceptable to use violence to resolve your problems."

    The actual gun-bashing will take place in front of Calcutt School’s main entrance (the school has a zero-tolerance policy for any type of gun, real or fake), followed by a fun, educational and delicious reception in the school’s auditorium.

    The day’s festivities will include informational booths from various local agencies, free pizza courtesy of The Central Falls Juvenile Hearing Board, free soda courtesy of Coke and Pepsi, raffle prizes, cookies courtesy of Aramark, a live broadcast by Hot106 FM and a three-point basketball shootout in which Patrick Lynch, who used to play professional basketball in Europe, will challenge all comers (including Mayor Charles Moreau).

    A local missing children’s organization will be on hand to video tape, fingerprint and document children, free of charge, so parents can provide police with a comprehensive record of their vital information should they go missing.

    The Rhode Island Doubledutch League will be teaching kids the lost art of jumping rope, one of many non-violent, non-competitive activities Garcia said he would like to see catch on.

    "My staff and I have been working on initiatives to encourage non-competitive play, games where everybody is a winner and no one in singled out. We want kids to learn that play can be cooperative as well as competitive, and that not doing well at something isn’t the end of the world."

    The Square Mile City’s inaugural Toy Gun Bash will be the fourth such event in the State of Rhode Island. The Bash was piloted at Providence’s Mount Hope Learning Center in spring 2003. Since then the attorney general’s office has hosted two bashes in Providence and one in Newport.

    To date, the "Bash-O-Matic" has destroyed more than 1,000 toy guns, from water pistols to replicas, according to Michael Healey, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office.


    You know, I was thinking at first that it was an April Fool's Day story. That it couldn't be real... :banghead:
  2. SoCalGeek

    SoCalGeek Member

    Jun 7, 2003
    Wow. I need to go vomit now.
  3. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 25, 2002
    Down East in NC
    Then why are they handing out basketballs?

    The basketballs must have a warning label that says you aren't allowed to keep score when playing with it.

    FWIW, I do think a lot of kid's sports are way too competitive (and I was the kid who was always picked near-last for teams in school), but I think saying that competitive games are NEVER appropriate is a bit silly.
  4. Redneck Revolver

    Redneck Revolver New Member

    Mar 15, 2005
    :banghead: :banghead: .....why? why? why? i just cannot even begin to....i dont know what wrods would be good for this.... :cuss:
  5. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Senior Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Then the kids will grow up prepared to live in our non-competitive society, and live happily ever after …

    But anyway, this is Sheeple Country. :scrutiny: :rolleyes:
  6. Shootcraps

    Shootcraps Participating Member

    Jan 18, 2004
    Right. Teach them as kids that competition is bad and everyone is a winner. Then when they grow up and get passed over for promotion because they don't know how to compete against others and better themselves, they can comfort themselves that it's not their fault and the world is unfair. :banghead:
  7. Crosshair

    Crosshair Participating Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    Grand Forks, North Dakota
    Wow I miss the day's of dogeball, smear the queer (Try just SAYING that on a playground today), red rover, 20ft swings, etc at school.

    /Listens to Denis Learys, "Life's Gonna Suck"
    //Great song :p
  8. Cool Hand Luke 22:36

    Cool Hand Luke 22:36 member

    Oct 19, 2003
    Arlington, VA

    Eerily reminiscent of the way the Soviets would begin propagandizing thier children into the joys of communisim at an early age.
  9. Backwoods

    Backwoods New Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    When my kids where young, it would have been no problen to get them to taunt this idiots. I'd have them walk up to the place where they're crushing these toys, take out thier toy guns, waive in front of(not at) these idiots and then flip them off and walk away. My boys would have done it in a heartbeat. Then we'd go to Dairy Queen and pig out. Too bad my youngest is 28.

    Don in Ohio
  10. John G

    John G Active Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Western NY
    When he was a kid, my buddy's mom took his toy guns away. So he made a gun out of a half-eaten slice of toast.

    "You can't stop me," he said "I'll make a toastgun."
  11. dasmi

    dasmi Senior Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Jumping rope. They expect little boys to be happy with jumping rope. The Pussification of American marches on.
    When I have children, they aren't going to a public school. That much I've already decided.
  12. LiquidTension

    LiquidTension Senior Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    It'll be interesting to compare these kids to their peers in 10-15 years. It would make a great sociological study.

    "The Pussification of America: How Non-Competitiveness Leads to Complacency and Low Self Esteem"

    Does this Lynch guy not realize that the kids that are picked on will still be picked on for being fat, stupid, funny looking, having dumb haircuts, having glasses, and whatever else kids get picked on for these days? There will ALWAYS be social stratification in schools, competition or not. The difference is, the kids that would have learned something from competing against each other will now NOT have that experience and will therefore be dominated by people that aren't from the land of blissninnies.
  13. Double Maduro

    Double Maduro Participating Member

    Dec 30, 2002

  14. DarkKnight01

    DarkKnight01 Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    Wheres a good pipe bomb when ya need it ? :rolleyes:
  15. garyk/nm

    garyk/nm Member

    Dec 17, 2004
    New Mexico, USA
    The Great Testosterone Shortage of '05.
    These kids will grow up to be those wonderful adults who sue over noise problems after moving into an airport glide path.
    I need some Rolaids.
  16. natedog

    natedog Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Bakersfield, California
    Way to go, teach kids to be "non-competitive" in a competitive, capitalist economy. I'd love to see the looks on their faces if they ever try to start a business and it fails. "But...but...I thought everyone is a winner?"

    Socialist political indoctrination, coupled with gun control. Anyone else see an attempt to sheeple-fy America's children? Make them meek, remove their arms, and they will be easy to control.
  17. Too Many Choices!?

    Too Many Choices!? Active Member

    Feb 21, 2005
    That's right teach'em while they're young how to hand over their guns.....

    Then when they get older they won't mind turning them all in, as long as they get pizza, soda, and a basketball out of the deal :uhoh: ! I bet they all scream ,"Yaaay!! Hooray!!", as the toy guns are smashed :rolleyes: ! That'll teach you kids to play like, well, kids.......I bet we all had water guns, cap guns, and bb guns and not too many of us has ever shot anyone or even at anyone with a real gun for that matter(some law enforcement and military being the exception of course :) ).
  18. nico

    nico Senior Member

    Dec 1, 2003
    Baltimore/Laurel, MD
    When did "you need to work hard to achieve good things in life" become such an evil statement? Sure, it's nice when people get good things without having to work very hard, but those people are VERY lucky. These idiots are just setting their kids up to be failures in life.

    I agree that kids sports have become too competitive, but that's the parents fault too. I played a lot of sports when I was growing up; at least one per season from the time I was 7 until I enterd high school. Kids who took everything too seriously were much more rare than parents who took it too seriously. The problem isn't kids playing sports where one team wins and another loses (and I say this with the experience of having played on a lot of losing teams and a few winning teams). The problem is that way too many parents can't/don't teach their kids any perspective. They allow their 5 year old to throw a temper tantrum because they lost a baseball game. Then, a bunch of these idiots, who can't seem to grasp the concept of telling their kids that losing a baseball game isn't the end of the world and not tolerating poor sportsmanship, get together and decide that the problem isn't them (of course). The problem is competition. That's how we end up with this bs.

    And the worst part is teaching good sportsmanship and how to take sports in perspective is incredibly easy. Kids play sports because they're fun. Of course winning is fun too, but the sport is inherently fun. All a parent has to do is tell their kid that if they throw a temper tantrum when they lose, they won't be allowed to play anymore and mean it (that should go without saying, but nowadays parents tell their kids all sorts of crap they don't mean). Problem solved.
  19. Firethorn

    Firethorn Participating Member

    Feb 27, 2004
    My parents would have sent me in with the cheapest toy pistol to get the nice goodies.

    Kinda like those of us who'd pick up a $25 kel-tec or something broken for that $50 turn-in money.
  20. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    What a bunch of wussies!

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