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Just back from Boston, where the Globe reports on Rhode Island’s program for destroying toy guns. Parents take their kids to an elementary school, where they can feed their toy guns into a monster-shaped “Bash-o-matic” that “eats” the gun. And in return the kids get non-violent toys like stuffed animals. The Globe tells the story of an 8-year old boy who was so upset when his mother told him he had to give up his toy gun and sword that he tried to hide them (exactly what I would have done).
Silly me. Here I was thinking that Rhode Island’s crime problem had something to do with the state’s failure to police the streets. Or the state’s hobbling economic growth. Or the state’s creation of housing projects that become breeding grounds for crime. But in fact, it’s all because little kids play with guns.
As James Taranto at the WSJ notes: “Nothing says Christmas like taking away a child’s treasured toy and destroying it.”