Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Toys that get kids killed

Something terrible happened in West Memphis the other day and we need to talk. Of course, bad things happen all the time, but few worse than when a child dies. In this case a sixth-grade boy was shot by local police.

If you do not know me well, let me tell you that I am not generally one to fall for the typical cop tendency to cover up and stick together. Yes, police do tough jobs under difficult circumstances, but they also have tremendous authority. Police officers have a gun on the hip to back up what they say.

The state police and FBI will investigate what happened, and it is very possible that this was a horrible mistake. Parents need to know that the new trend for toys is realistic looking handguns. In bad light, one of these toys flashes through the darkness, and the outcome is tragedy. Maybe these toys are not a very good idea.

Raising children is hard enough already, and I hate to bring up one more thing. This is rather important. One would hope that manufacturers would stop giving youngsters a toy that puts a target on their backs. The next thing will be a law, and isn’t that the last thing we need?

Throw those damn things in the trash.

(Broadcast June 27, 2007)

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