Late last month, a local pastor announced the plan for a gun “buyback,” but one of a rather unusual nature. Pastor Rodney Francis, of the Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church, plans not to buy real guns, but merely toys. From CBS St. Louis:
While St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is raising funds for a gun buyback program, Pastor Rodney Francis of the Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church wants to catch kids before they even think about wielding a weapon.
His church is planning a toy gun buyback later this summer.
Um . . . why?
“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.”
Francis says parents would be able to trade their toy guns, swords, or other weapons in for a more “wholesome” toy.
Hey–like that? Suddenly, the gun culture has been transformed in the rhetoric to the “culture of violence.” Little boys playing “cops and robbers,” or pretending to be pirates, are to at best be thought of as suffering from mental illness, for which they must be treated. At worst, they are to be punished and shunned as pariahs.
We have a very recent example of just that, as NationalGun Rights Examiner David Codrea noted Sunday, in reference to the Great Pastry “Gun” Scare of Baltimore, in which a second-grader has been suspended for supposedly biting a strawberry pastry into the vague shape of a gun. That, actually, is just the latest outrage in a long list of them that Mr. Codrea has covered in the past:
And while a recent Gun Rights Examiner column focused on students being encouraged to incorporate guns into their art as long as it supported a “gun control” agenda, others have gotten into trouble for drawing a gun, having a gun photo on a laptop, having a gun-shaped piece of paper, wearing an “offensive” t-shirt and even pointing a finger, as well as having a toy gun. And the addition of bubbles to the mix actually got one five-year-old branded a “terrorist threat.”
This is nothing less than all-out war on the gun culture–on the very mindset that we, as free citizens, have not just an unalienable right, but a sacred responsibility, to attend to our own defense of our families, our lives, and our liberties.
This war is by no means new. About a year ago, Breitbart found and resurrected a C-SPAN video from 1995 in which Attorney General (then U.S. Attorney) Eric Holder stated that the young must be “brainwashed” (Holder’s term) into a negative perception of guns (see video below article). Mr. Codrea points out that Holder was merely disseminating Clinton administration talking points:
Dr. Mark Rosenberg, Director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Control and Prevention (NCIPC) in 1994 told The Washington Post: “We need to revolutionize the way we look at guns, like what we did with cigarettes. Now it [sic] is dirty, deadly, and banned.”
Still, although not new, it seems to have escalated recently to a level never seen before. Never before has a student been suspended for disarming a fellow student apparently bent on murder. Yep–“zero tolerance” cannot be compromised even for disarming a potential murderer,but can, if for the purpose of spreading the gospel of disarmament. As St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner observed when has-been comedian Jim Carrey opined that the lives of people buying “assault weapons” are not worth defending:
If the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms cannot be crushed right now, the forcible citizen disarmament fanatics will be patient. It might take a generation or two, but if their side is the only one with any soldiers, the outcome is not difficult to predict.
When toy guns are outlawed, only outlaws’ kids will be worth a damn in a fight against tyranny.