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A BB gun, while a toy that I also had as a child and still own, I never once pointed it at anyone or any animal because it actually shot BBs
which can "put your eye out". When I said I pointed with toy guns I meant Cowboy Revolvers cap guns, squirt guns and even - gasp- laser guns! Those
don't shoot anything and kids and parents weren't scared of them back when I was a kid. It was called having an imagination.
Playing cops and robbers, or any such game, is an exercise for home, a friend's home, a playground... not for inside a store. I commend you on how you
handled the kid who was playing in the store; I would have likely done the same. Had it been my child, I would not have permitted that kind of
Face it; we don't live in the same world that once was. Back in the old days, there were trucks in the school parking lot with loaded guns in the gun
racks. After school and during breaks, some of us would walk out to the parking lot and show off our new rifle or shotgun to our friends. No one
cared. The police, if they ever had to arrest a kid, would call their father out of earshot and ask if he needed some help... quite often, they would
take the kid in, talking about how his father had said he was tired of dealing with him and if he did the crime, he should do the time. They'd lock
him up for the night and the next morning, when the father showed up, the kid was harboring a much different attitude. That put so many kids back on
the right path, I can't begin to count them all.
Today, guns of any sort, heck, drawings of guns, pointy fingers that look like a gun, anything that could resemble a gun, are all prohibited from
anywhere near a school, with the penalty for possession being expulsion and imprisonment. The police do not call parents any more, except to let them
know their kid has been locked up and where they can make bail. It's a different world, like it or not (I do not) and we have to live in it.
True I was being hyperbolic. But I would suggest in today's world with Red Flag idiots you not broadcast your thoughts on kids
playing with guns.
A fair enough suggestion, but to be honest, there is enough 'dirt' on me out there for anyone who wants to to socially hang me already. I really have
no reason to worry about something that is already a done deal.
At least I'm old now, so there's a limit to what anyone can do to me.
No, Crawford wasn't a kid. Crawford also never once pointed it at anyone. He was swinging it with one arm at some points, much like you would
with an umbrella if you are absentmindedly playing with it.
OK, so he was swinging it? I thought he raised it, but you corrected me that he didn't. Seems to me that is an exercise in semantics... could one of
those swings been in the general direction of someone else?
I just think we need to look at this from the viewpoint of all involved. What were the police supposed to do? Confront him or not? They didn't know he
was playing with a toy... they had information that he was armed and possibly dangerous. If they had waited about confronting him and he had been
swinging a real gun around and shot someone, they would be responsible. If they confront him, and he makes a move, intentional or not, that is
reasonably interpreted as a threat, they are now trigger-happy.
You can't have it both ways. Either the police get to intercede where they think it is needed, or they don't.
Again, the real culprit here is the caller. Crawford is guilty of not thinking... hardly a capital offense, but it does have consequences. The police
are guilty of not properly assessing the situation... not exactly something that one can be expected to do perfectly every time. But the caller is
guilty of causing the whole damn mess.
It's getting ridiculous in this country that kids have to be scared of playing.
You're preaching to the choir on that one.
A few years back, just before my son moved out, he and a couple of his friends (who I knew) wanted to target shoot. They walked away from the house to
the middle of a hay field and shot up into the mountain. While they were shooting, a car pulls up on the road and starts yelling at them that they
were endangering people! This is on our land away from any neighbors (and the next neighbors all target shoot themselves), far outside any city
My son told the driver to mind his own business and he apparently left. When I found out about it when they got home, though, my first question was
"Is he still there?" I will not allow that crap to enter my home and my land. If that meant dragging his sorry meddling butt out of that car and
beating him senseless on the pavement, so be it. My damn land.
There's you something the social justice warriors can use against me.