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  •  If he had been shot... (9+ / 0-)

    it would have been a reasonable use of force.  From a distance, I imagine it's hard to tell a BB gun from a real gun, and when it's pointed at a police officer..., well....

    Say this was a Christmas present, as some above have suggested.  Think about how you'd feel if you gave your kid a toy that got him killed.  How about a basketball...or a book?  Not a toy gun.  Good grief.

    •  Just found another recent story on "toy" guns... (6+ / 0-)

      Find ABC news story, with video, here:

      California boy, 10, dies after being shot with a pellet gun

      Sunday, January 06, 2013

      FRESNO, CA --  A 10-year-old Fresno County, California boy is dead after authorities say he was shot with a pellet gun while riding his bike in the Tollhouse area.

      The shooting happened near Hidden Hollow Lane and Quail Mountain Lane. Authorities say the boy's death was the result of a tragic accident after the boy was killed by a playmate who fired a pellet gun.

      Family members attempted to save the boy before emergency medical crews arrived at the scene. The boy was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, but did not survive the wound inflicted by a weapon that many consider to be a toy...

    •  Speaking of Christmas presents... (3+ / 0-)
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      hideinplainsight, PinHole, WakeUpNeo

      I have some dear, dear friends. They are extreme rightwing Republican fundamentalist Christian gun nuts, but for some reason they would do anything for me in spite of realizing that we are in agreement on the issues roughly 0% of the time, and are one of nicest couples I know.

      Now that stirs up some of the ol' cognitive dissonance, eh?

      But I digress...

      This Christmas they bought their 5-month-old granddaughter a gun. Specifically, a Crickett rifle by Keystone Sporting Arms, whose tagline is "My First Rifle". They come in all sorts of cute kiddie colors including sweet pink for all those needful little girls out there, and are completely real, completely deadly .22 caliber weapons.

      Now, I don't think that this lucky little girl's parents will be sending her off to the daycare with her piece, and I don't argue against the idea of teaching youngsters basic shooting and even hunting skills with .22-caliber single shot rifles - heck, even I started shooting 'em at age 11 or so at summer camp - but this "gift" was beyond that. It was symbolic - symbolic of a gun culture that has veered so far out of control that I fear for our nation. In fact, these people - and there are many, many like them - recognize and pursue this gifting policy as deeply and crucially symbolic, because, of course, "Obama's comin' fer their guns". This family also gives guns to each other as Christmas presents. Lots of guns, generally at increasing levels of cost and deadliness as the years go by. Bushmasters accessorized for maximum lethality, have, in fact, been on Santa's list in past years.

      As I said upthread, "Guns don't kill people, the gun culture kills people."

      "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

      by blue in NC on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 05:13:37 AM PST

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