In the wake of Atlantic City’s decision to ban realistic-looking toy guns, I was asked the question of whether I could ever get on board with such a radical legislative initiative.
After giving it some thought, I decided that I’d support a ban on toy guns under the following conditions:
1. If all gun-control organizations ceased to exist, meaning that there was no ongoing and active campaign to demonize firearms and roll back the Second Amendment as we know it today.
2. Any child interested in learning how to shoot was allowed to participate in a gun safety education program where the child would be taught the basics from a certified instructor and spend time shooting a variety of firearms at a quality range.
3. In addition to a special gun safety education program for youths, every high school in America offered shooting sports and hunting-related curriculum to ensure that all teens interested in firearms could hone their skills.
4. The government created a program to subsidize gun ownership. At age 18, every law-abiding citizen would be given a monetary incentive to purchase one handgun, one shotgun and one rifle. Of course, what good is a gun without ammo? That subsidy would extend to the purchase of 1,000 rounds of ammo for each firearm purchased.
5. Finally, the Supreme Court ruled unequivocally that the right to keep and bear arms extends beyond the home to any place that an individual has the lawful right to be. As such, all may-issue concealed carry laws that require the approval of a chief law enforcement officer would be declared unconstitutional.
I think under those aforementioned circumstances I could get behind a ban on toy firearms because children, teens and young adults would have supervised and universal access to the real thing. In my mind, that would make realistic-looking toy guns obsolete because why play around with a fake gun when one can go out and shoot the real thing?
But then again, even under those circumstances one would have to ask what is there to be gained by banning toy firearms? Would it make society safer? Would it make criminals any less inclined to commit crimes?
The answer, probably not. After all, crime is a people problem, not one spurred by the existence of an inanimate object. So, perhaps one could argue that under no circumstances does it make sense to ban toy firearms. I suppose that’s where I ultimately end up after this rather self-evident thought exercise.
All that said, what are your thoughts? Under what hypothetical circumstances would you support a ban on toy guns?