posted on Oct, 27 2013 @ 01:39 PM
reply to post by boymonkey74
Yes, the gun had an orange tip. I remember a story years ago in OC California. A latch key kid was at home and the cops came to the door. Saw him
with a toy gun and shot him through the window and killed him. This kid was like 7 years old. All toy guns have an orange tip.
Actual toy gun at the scene. Looks like the orange tip may have been removed so it does not appear to be present at all. Kids will do that because
the orange tip makes them look less like the real thing. No orange tip--how are you going to know what you're looking at for sure? The other
question I have is whether or not the boy dropped the gun when it was requested of him. Even if what you're carrying is a toy, if the police have
weapons drawn on you and request that you drop your weapon, a little compliance can be the difference between life and death.
Here's the deal as I see it. You have toy gun manufacturers producing toy guns that look like the real thing with a removable
orange tip on
them to meet regulations that are intended to protect children from being shot. Even if the toy manufacturers make the orange tip unremovable, guess
what happens? Some kids will paint that tip gun black. Again, defeats the purpose of the orange tip. These toy guns are apparently more popular
than the ones that look like fakes because kids like to emulate grown ups/military/what have you. They're cool.
Thing is that, especially in this time period where you have had a lot of young men going off their rocker and opening fire, it can end up getting a
kid killed. Especially if he doesn't drop the toy to let the officers identify it as being a toy. What if the kid had had a real gun and was
walking towards the school with it? Would you want the police to think "ahh, it's just a kid with a toy gun" in that scenario, too?
My deepest condolences to the kid's family.