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Should realistic toy guns be banned?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by CentralTexas, Mar 17, 2005.

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  1. CentralTexas

    CentralTexas Member

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    I didn't say ban toy guns just how about realistic ones?
    If a law said that toy guns must be completly bright orange for instance:
    1- Less chance of LEO's making a horrible mistake
    2-Can tell million mommies etc. to "****"
    3-less chance of us that carry having an accident


    On the other hand
    1- will take a while for the realistic ones to get out of circulation in toyboxes
    2- criminals would just spray paint them black

    CT
     
  2. spacemanspiff

    spacemanspiff Senior Member

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    no. i think any idiot that goes around using 'realistic toy guns' in public either for pleasure or for criminal purposes should have a dunce cap permanently attached to their craniums.

    that, or just ban idiots period.

    whichevers easier.
     
  3. hkOrion

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    Should realistic toy swords be banned?

    maybe toy golf clubs.
    or whiffle ball bats.


    'nuff said.
     
  4. OF

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    Shirley, you must be joking.

    Now we have to ban toys because some fraction of a fraction of a percent of kids got injured by overzealous cops?

    Sometimes I wonder how the rest of us ever managed to make it through childhood at all. I had chests full of toy guns, and they were all 'realistic'. And we played with them outside. In the yard. In the street. In the woods. Everywhere.

    Nobody so much as gave us a second look. Boys played with toy guns where I grew up. It was expected.

    Now we have this demonizing of the 'gun culture' and what do you get? Kids shooting people.

    - Gabe
     
  5. kfranz

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    Interesting post from a guy with your signature line.....
     
  6. Andrew Rothman

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    Banned? Nope.

    Am I gonna let my kids have realistic-looking toy guns? Hell no.
     
  7. jamz

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    I think any tubular or elongated object less than 10" long, with a bend of between 90 and 120 degrees more than halfway down it's length, but less than three quarters down it's length, should be banned. The colors black, brushed aluminum and camo should also be banned just in case.


    But that's just me.



    -James
     
  8. TarpleyG

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    NO!!! Frankly, I am tired of knee-jerk 'oh my God, that should be banned!' thinking. HELLO!!! Banning stuff does nothing but take crap away from intelligent, level-headed folks.

    Greg
     
  9. CentralTexas

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    Check the posters intent!

    "Should" is a question. I.E. for discussion. I just narrowed the question.
    Me ban something? I'm in favor of legalized drugs, prostitution etc. etc.
    Doesn't mean I can't ask others opinions...
    CT
     
  10. rritter

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    If you require that toy guns be orange, then smart crooks will paint their real guns orange, just to get that extra moment of doubt in their favor.
     
  11. kfranz

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    You're right, you can ask away, but why would you want the opinions of someone who is wrong?
     
  12. dasmi

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    Geez. I'm only 23, and even I remember running up and down the street yelling and screaming at my friends, toting VERY realistic toy guns. We'd run in between people's houses, through yards, up and down the road, in the woods behind the houses, and no one said a thing. No one called the cops, no one cried out in fear. I can't believe how uptight and afraid people have become.
     
  13. OF

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    Here's my sob story about what I remember from when the 'nanny state' first impacted me personally.

    I had some Battlestar Galactica toy spaceships as a kid. I had one good-guy ship (I can't remember what they were called) and one Cylon Raider ship, but you really needed more than one Raider to make for a good time chasing the good guy ship. The Raiders had these wings that opened out to the side and there were little spring-loaded red plastic 'laser' darts that you could shoot. We would shoot those two darts off at everything in sight. Go get them and plug them back in and do it all over again for hours.

    Then I finally got another Raider to go with the first one, and I remember this clearly, we started playing with them, opened the wings, hit the fire button and.....nothing. The little red laser darts popped out about a quarter-inch and then just stayed there. In the wings. I thought it was broken.

    I examined that thing for hours until I finally reached the conclusion that it was freaking made that way. I was heartbroken. It was next to worthless. You couldn't shoot at the other ship, you couldn't do anything with it.

    The damned lawyers had ruined my Battlestar Gallactica toyset and I wasn't happy about it. It was a sad day in kid-ville.

    - Gabe

    PS: The red endcaps on the toy guns didn't happen util I was out of the toy gun phase, so luckily I missed that heartbreak. All my toy guns looked like real guns.
     
  14. Phantom Warrior

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    Stupidity on someone else's part does not require a new law. Besides, we have enough laws and crimes as it is. If someone robs a bank with a toy gun, charge them with robbery, not with "possessing a realistic toy gun." :rolleyes:
     
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    smart crooks-that's an oxy moron!

    Banning them won't work. It merely detracts from the education of our children. Makes it like voodoo to talk about it. Why do we keep going backwards here? By the time my kids grow up, everything will be illegal and life in general will be uninteresting. :barf: Good grief- let's just ban the simple act of making choices altogether. :what: Then we can all die a slow boring death :(
     
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    How about we ban stupid kids (or rather stupid parents)?
     
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    I am not sure where I stand on this point, I am currently in the process of becoming a po . And as I watch the news there are many not just a few kids that are toting real gun and using them with little remorce. I dont have the desire to kill any one and especially a kid but in less than adiquit light I am going to go with my instints to perserv my own life. So if the play gun look real thats fine put orange on them, or do some thing to help identifie them .

    P.S for all you old timers things have changed drasticly from when you where a kid .
     
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    gibb74,
    I'm 23, hardly an oldtimer, and things have changed drasitcally since I was a kid. If kids were running in the canyon behind my house with realistic toy guns, like I did when I was a kid, most of my neighbors would have a heart attack.
     
  19. Nightfall

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    It always amazes me when people who rail against every kind of gun ban turn around and suggest a ban on *insert act or object here* as a solution.

    No, realistic toy guns shouldn't be banned. If you're stupid enough to run around in public with a realistic toy gun, you should be shot. This includes teens and up. It's the closest thing to natural selection we have anymore. As for young children with airsoft in public, their parents should be punished for child endangerment.

    The last thing we need is another ban on something... freedom is suffocating to death as it is.
     
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    Dillinger!

    John Dillinger was suppose to have carved a gun out of soap blackened with shoe polish he used to escape from a jail. Don't know if it is true but should we ban soap and shoe polish just in case? :rolleyes:
     
  21. MAKOwner

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    As someone who plays airsoft games occasionally (ducks the incoming flames, whoops this isn't AR15.com, nevermind...) I'm against such a ban.

    What good would it really do? In a lowlight situation where some police officer was really scared for his life you can be shot for holding a soda can, much less something that actually has a weapon's profile, regardless of color... I don't think it would make much difference personally. I'm tired of everything getting banned and regulated to death just because there's some off chance for abuse or an accident.

    For stuff like airsoft anyone into it would merely paint over or replace orange parts of the gun, like I did with mine (my M733 had a orange flashhider, promptly replaced, but I'm not going to be pointing it at any cops either or carrying it in public...).

    Kids getting shot with toys that they were innocently playing with has got to be extremely rare. Now if some kid/teenager was using it in a threatening manner/in a crime what the heck do we care if he gets shot...
     
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    In the real world, NYC, toy pistols have to be painted bright colors . They have found however that some paint toy guns to look real and others paint real guns to look like toys !!
     
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    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=126528&highlight=toy

    That thread will answer any questions you may have about me feelings on the topic. Also, I will be selling wood 1911's at the Birmingham, AL gun show this weekend. My son cut them out, and I painted them. He will get the profits minus materials costs. This will be a small business for him to buy real guns or whatever. The ones we are going to have for sale are not as detailed as the one pictured on the attached thread.
     
  24. Wedge

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    I propose banning dihydrogen monoxide (aka hydrogen hydroxide). Kids are always playing with it and spraying the dangerous chemical (kills more people accidentally than firearms) on random and unsuspecting people all the time.
     
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    We already have far too many laws. More would only make matters worse.
     
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