Guns have long been a hot button issue in the United States. From when they are able to carried, where, and what purposes they can serve, the heinous acts of crime committed by INDIVIDUALS using guns have been the cause of much public debate. While some on the left believe that a relatively unarmed citizenry is the best option those right of center believed that the only way to protect society is with a gun owning population, the focus seems to have turned to children. No, not violence against children and the use of actual guns by our minor population (which would actually be something to discuss)… instead at focus lately in schools across the United States is how to remove all images, toys, and other gun-inspired play items from the hands of our youth. Big Brother? Are you there?

The idea that a Nerf gun, water pistol, or even a pop tart bitten into the shape of a firearm is going to incite violence in our youth is absolutely absurd. A toy gun is just a toy gun, unless it is taught to be something more. Yes, accidents happen and children are injured by actual guns. These are tragic circumstances that need to be addressed. But, to teach our children to fear everything gun related is equally as troubling.

The battle cry of the left and Democratic pundits is that exposure to guns is too much for children to handle. It will desensitize them to reality and make them see guns as toys. But, if we remove all references to guns, let children avoid playing cops and robber (in which the good guy should win and teach a valuable lesson of right vs. wrong), and remove all references to guns are we not equally preparing them for failure? A gun in the hands of a child is wrong when that child is not utilizing that for game hunting under supervision or if they do not have the respect for the weapon. Removing all notes or aspects of guns from children, however, will create an intrigue and a desire to potentially experiment with the weapons when they are within access.

There is no clear answer to how to treat guns and children. No one has the answers. But I find it a hard stretch to believe that removing Nerf guns and pop-tart pistols, and punishing kids that play, will reach the right end goal either.