Bluenose Killjoys Freak Out Over Royals with Toy Guns
“Photos of Prince George playing with toy gun cause controversy,” a Monday headline on Fox News declares. “Several photos of Prince George playing with a toy gun on Sunday sparked a heated debate on social media.”
“#PrinceGeorge playing with a toy gun!” one hysteric exclaimed. “Unelievable! [sic] #KensingtonPalace shame!”
“This isn’t okay anymore,” another chimed in. “No child in this day and age should look at any gun as a fun toy.”
“This day and age” says much.
Many of us are old enough to remember when toy guns were an encouraged part of growing up. Many of us had squirt guns, cap guns, and the toy guns featured in old commercials that bring back fond memories.
That’s “Otis,” the drunk from The Andy Griffith Show in this Mattel Tommy-Burst spot:
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And my kid brother had the Johnny Seven OMA (One Man Army):
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Tell me the boys appealed to in these ads wouldn’t have been suspended, doped on Ritalin and fortunate to survive the SWAT experience engaging in such play “in this day and age,” thanks in large part to meddling MILMs (Moms I’d Like to Mock). And this, of course, was back in the days before school shootings, when we then graduated to BB guns, .22 rifles, shotguns and more.
If there’s any legitimate objection to the royals letting their kids play with toy guns, it’s that they appear to be in violation of the UK’s Violent Crime Reduction Act, which appears to mandate, among other things:
“A toy firearm shall be distinguishable from a real firearm or a realistic imitation firearm [and] may either … be constructed entirely of transparent materials which permit unmistakable observation of the complete contents of the device, or … be coloured in bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink or bright purple either singly or as the principal colour in combination with the other colours in any pattern…”
So it appears the bright orange plugs are relics from the old law, and the royals are out of compliance on “offences” that a “subject” would not be given a pass on (and isn’t it telling that “professional reporters” didn’t think to check on that?) As an aside, I found similar “violations” by the anti-gun Disney company some years back, but it looks like local authorities weren’t interested in citing them (or weren’t allowed to due to their pull in the community).
While the gun-grabbing “progressives” would no doubt shriek in horror and condemnation at the commercials embedded above, here’s what they put in the hands of children, promote and think is funny as they tout total ignorance as “commonsense gun safety” (and be warned some of you may find that more offensive than you want to see).
Is it any wonder that so many children are growing up to be maladjusted, anti-social, resentful and, after being medicated for reacting to unnatural demands, violent?
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