The stated goal of real gun buyback programs usually hosted by local police departments is to reduce gun violence by getting guns off the streets. Maybe they should do a pressure cooker buyback so that we can get pressure cookers off the streets and thereby reduce the threat of terrorism.
Strobridge Elementary School in Hayward, California is doing its own “buyback” program for toy guns. When students show up on campus on “Safety Day,” they can turn in their toy guns in exchange for a raffle ticket, a book and a chance to win 1 of 4 bicycles.
The idea behind this toy gun buyback is the same as any other gun buyback program. They’re trying to reduce real gun violence. I’m not kidding. The principal Charles Hill stated, “Playing with toys guns, saying ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ desensitizes them, so as they get older, it’s easier for them to use a real gun.”
But we all know that it’s not just toy guns that concern school officials like this principal. It’s anything that might be construed as a gun or reference to a gun. Even saying “gun” will get a student in trouble. And if teachers had the capability to read students’ minds, they’d make gun thoughts cause for suspension as well.
The principal is hoping this “buyback” approach will spread across the nation’s schools. He wants school officials everywhere to work hard at making kids terrified of guns. Look at what he said:
“If we want older kids to not think guns are cool, we need to start early.”
That sounds very much like what Eric Holder said all those years ago when he was U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. He said that gun-owners should “cower” in shame like cigarette smokers:
“What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we’ve changed our attitudes about cigarettes. You know, when I was growing up, people smoked all the time. Both my parents did. But over time, we changed the way that people thought about smoking, so now we have people who cower outside of buildings and kind of smoke in private and don’t want to admit it. And that’s what I think we need to do with guns.”
It was this same speech that Holder admitted that we needed to brainwash kids about guns:
“One thing that I think is clear with young people and with adults as well, is that we just have to be repetitive about this. It’s not enough to simply have a catchy ad on a Monday and then only do it every Monday. We need to do this every day of the week and just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”
And that’s just what Principal Charles Hill is doing with this silly toy gun trade-in. Anytime a student gets suspended or penalized for toy gun or gun drawing “violations,” school officials’ complete overreactions are simply their attempts to brainwash kids about guns. Like Mr. Hill said, they’ve got to start them young.