MA Mayor Pushes Gun Buy-Back Program: TOY Guns, That Is


One liberal MA mayor has the courage, the bold leadership, to confront the scourge of…Nerf guns and videogames:

Melrose is preparing to launch a new initiative in an effort to get families to throw away violent video games, movies, and toys by offering coupons to residents who drop off such items at the city yard, Mayor Rob Dolan said Thursday.

“If a family has this discussion and maybe tries to get rid of some of this stuff, they are going to get one of these coupons,” Dolan said. “The child may be getting rid of something they like, but they are getting some value for it.”

That’s right–a gun-buyback program for toy guns and videos.

“It’s hard to bring up kids in this era of violent video games, violent movies, and violent toys,” he said.  “We’re very excited about this, that might give them a free ice cream, a night of no homework, a gift certificate to a local store, that a child may want,” Dolan explained.

Mayor Dolan, the visionary that he is, has taken this action in response to the Newtown Massacre…despite the fact that there’s no evidence of any kind linking GI Joe or Master Chief to the shooting. But hey–a great way to solve the problem of gun violence is for liberals to feel really, really good about themselves.

Dolan, a father of a 4-year-old and 7-year-old, said he was inspired to start the new initiative following the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., in December.

“I’m not saying people shouldn’t have those things, but, at least in my house, things have changed since Connecticut,” Dolan said.

 I would say “Only in Massachusetts,” but believe it or not–this isn’t the first time:

Dominic joined dozens of children yesterday at the annual Toy Gun Bash in the gymnasium of [Providence, RI] Pleasant View Elementary School. There, they lined up to toss their toy guns, from dainty purple water guns to camouflage-painted pistols, inside the Bash-O-Matic, a large black, foam creature with churning metal teeth and the shape of a cockroach spliced with a frog…

For seven years, Providence municipal and law enforcement officials have organized the event around Christmastime as a way to raise awareness of the dangers of playing with guns, real or fake. The event is a mix of the macabre and the playful, a children’s version of the gun buyback program in which adults trade firearms for gift certificates.


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