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Toy Guns

New York Cracks Down On Illegal Toy Guns

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 08.03.2015 | Business

NEW YORK -- Toy guns sold in this state are getting a makeover. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement Monday with Walm...

A Plea From Tennessee: Toy Gun Rights Stripped of Law-Abiding Six-Year-Olds

Sean Whitson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Sean Whitson

The recent bill passed by the House of Representatives that bans toy guns--but not daddy guns--within 150 feet of a school is just the latest government intrusion on our freedoms, but this time it's personal.

Young Guns

Slate | Justin Peters | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices

A gun isn’t a toy, except when it is. And when it is, sometimes it’s hard to tell that it isn’t. And when you can’t tell that it isn’t, you ...

Police Killed Tamir Rice At a Playground: Do Safe Spaces for Black Children Exist?

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 03.07.2015 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Black children are not afforded the privilege of engaging in normal child-like behavior because black bodies are characterized with unwarranted threat.

Why I'd Never Give My Son a Toy Gun

Juliet Linley | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Juliet Linley

Giving a child a gun as a toy doesn't demystify the object, as some claim. It actually normalizes it, to the extent that they possibly will not recognize the immensity of the difference between a play-gun and a real-gun.

Teddy Bears, Toy Guns, and Real Guns

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Many Americans heed the CPSC and its recalls of dangerous products to help keep their families safe. But thanks in large part to the work of the gun lobby, guns are specifically not under the CPSC's jurisdiction and are the only consumer product not regulated for safety.

No Guns for My Boy

Tabby Biddle | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Tabby Biddle

A couple of months ago I was standing in line at a Target in Los Angeles with my husband at my side, wearing my baby boy in his Ergo Carrier on my fro...

My Early Fascination With War

Tom Cramer | Posted 05.01.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

As a little kid in the early 1970s, I was fascinated with war. All my buddies were, too. We couldn't help it. As a boy, the image of the World War II American soldier as hero was inescapable.

(Toy) Gun Control

Shawn Bean | Posted 04.17.2013 | Parents
Shawn Bean

Last Saturday, I enacted a new Draconian gun control law at home: I confiscated every toy gun and weapon in our home.

Boy In Trouble After Making A Gun Out Of LEGOs While Playing In An After-School Program

Posted 01.29.2013 | Education

A boy playing in a Massachusetts after school program found himself in hot water this week after creating an allegedly threatening object using LEGO b...

Alice Hines

Parents Shun Toy Guns After Newtown Shooting | Alice Hines | Posted 12.21.2012 | Business

Three-year-old Jason Halili says he wants to be a police officer when he grows up. The New York City boy already has the requisite gear -- a uniform,...

Toy Guns

Jeff Danziger | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Bargain Town, Making Lists and Behavior Modification

Tom Cramer | Posted 02.03.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Growing up in the '70s, as soon as the last plate was cleaned and put away from Thanksgiving dinner, it was Christmas time. It's true that I loved all the activities and traditions, but I can't deny that my main focus was on toys.

Tis the Season for Gender-Conscious Parenting Quandaries

Deborah Siegel | Posted 01.29.2013 | Parents
Deborah Siegel

It's one thing to refrain from gender-stereotyped gift-giving as a parent, but another to raise girls who cherish toy machine guns and boys who cradle baby dolls like the girls and boys Photoshopped -- yes, Photoshopped -- into the Swedish catalog.

Why I Finally Told My Son He Could Play With Toy Guns

Kristen Howerton | Posted 08.04.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

I spend a lot of time pondering the disparity between the mom I thought I would be, and the mom I am. I was such a good mom before having kids.

Priest Speaks Out About Toy Guns In Easter Baskets

Posted 03.15.2012 | Chicago

Rev. Michael Pfleger has participated in a fair share of funerals and anti-violence marches near his church on Chicago's South Side. Gun violence is a...

My Beef With Playmobil

Devon Corneal | Posted 01.10.2012 | Parents
Devon Corneal

Whatever your thoughts on gun control, hunting or the Second Amendment, can't we all agree that four-year-olds don't need toy hunting rifles? They don't fully understand the difference between real and pretend.

Clerk Impersonates Cop To Bust Drunk Robber With Toy Gun

Posted 11.27.2011 | Crime

A toy gun certainly calls for a game of cops and robbers, so when an a would-be robber with a plastic pistol came into a Florida convenience store, on...