BALTIMORE URGES FAMILIES TO SURRENDER ‘TOY GUNS’ IN COMMUNITY EXCHANGE
This world gets more ‘Orwellian’ every day as the ‘gun police’ urge families in Baltimore to surrendered their ‘toy guns’ for less dangerous items such as basketballs and stuffed animals according to this Baltimore Sun report.
To celebrate 10 years of teaching peace tactics to children in East Baltimore, Ralph E. Moore Jr. decided to have the children hand over their toy guns.
As the faux weapons — traded for basketballs, stuffed animals and other goodies — were collected Saturday night at St. Frances Academy Community Center, they were painted and incorporated into the background of a mobile mosaic.
“If they give us a toy gun, we’ll give them a prize,” said Moore, adding that the project has several symbolic meanings and a very practical one: “It’s to get the guns out of the kids’ hands.”
Over time, more children can choose to trade in replica guns and place them into the art project. It will be displayed in part to honor Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy shot and killed by Cleveland police in 2014 while playing with a toy gun at a community center.
Gun violence also has long plagued Baltimore, where nearly 1,000 people were shot and more than 300 were killed last year. More than 260 have been killed this year.
“The replica guns are what’s dangerous,” Moore said. They remind him of the toy cigarettes prevalent during his own childhood. “It was orienting kids to smoking. I think toy guns, in many ways, are doing the same thing.”
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