Turning the Tide on Toy Totin’ Tots: Prov and East Prov to Hold Toy Gun “Buy”-Backs
If I were the type to cling to my guns and paranoia, this might strike me as some sort of pre-conditioning. “Look, Johnny and Suzie, it’s normal to hand your guns to the nice man from the government.”
Children in Providence and East Providence can trade toy guns for real candy or toys on Friday and Saturday.
In Providence, children can feed their toy guns to the “Bash-O-Matic,” a device designed and built by students at the New England Institute of Technology and the Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch said.
The annual “Holiday Toy Gun Bash” will give an alternate toy to each child who relinquishes a gun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant View Elementary School, 50 Obadiah Brown Road, Providence.
In any event, toy guns have been around for as long as the real thing. The correlation to gun violence, then, is quizzical at best.