Dad arrested for owning a toy gun
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February 26th, 2012, 02:10 PM
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Beyond over the top.
Even if it was illegal for him to own a gun, a picture a child draws doesn't necessarily always depict real life accurately.
Good way to make kids scared of guns,or any weapons really, though. Not to mention people in authoritative positions, especially the 4 yr old. Rather than taking a moment to educate, everyone jumped the gun(irony oh how I love thee) and now a little girl feels responsible and was scared her daddy would be mad at her. That'll surely teach those parents, eh?
Who exactly were they trying to make a point to here, though? My guess is the negative impact far outweighs any possibility for a good one to exist.
I guess if their goal was to sour their own reputation, they did a bang up job. I sure wouldn't put much faith in them.
I do believe parents need to teach their children the difference between toys and real guns. But I find it highly unlikely that the older children described this foam dart shooting gun(aka, a nerf gun) as some real gun.
I understand being concerned about the potential for a bad situation in a child's home too, based on what they say, do, draw, etc... But you don't just immediately assume the worst, call not only the police but also child services, have a person arrested, strip searched and put in a cell, their children split up and taken by child services, scare the spouse, make her sit in a police station for hours and everything else....
finding out the actual facts. That's not likely to end well and it's definitely not going to boost public confidence in any of those services/people.
I'd be pissed too.
It seems you pretty much ARE raised to fear them in Canada. I know where I'm from, you're raised with two kinds of guns. The ok kind, and the not ok kind. The ok kind are hunting equipment meant for feeding yourself, the other kind.. is everything else. I don't know the US laws.. but if you look at the requirements for storing a gun... it's not going to really help you in a pinch. Has to be stored, with out ammo, with a lock on the trigger, in a locked container. So if you wanted it for a home invasion first you've got to get the keys, get the gun, go get the ammo, unlock the gun trigger, load the **** thing... and by this time you're probably out of time. I know we couldn't have even gotten to the guns stored in our house in time.. since they were in the basement and you'd have to walk through the entire house to get them.
Non-restricted firearms must be unloaded and:
made inoperable with a secure locking device (such as a trigger lock); OR
have bolt(s) or bolt-carrier(s) removed; OR
securely locked in a sturdy container, cabinet or room that cannot be easily broken into
except if: (1) in areas where it is legal to fire a gun, non-restricted firearms needed for predator control can temporarily be left unlocked and operable, but they must be kept unloaded and all ammunition must be stored separately, and (2) in wilderness areas, non-restricted firearms can be left unlocked and/or operable, but must be left unloaded (ammunition may be kept nearby).
Restricted firearms must be unloaded and:
made inoperable with a secure locking device (such as a trigger lock) and securely locked in a sturdy container, cabinet or room that cannot be easily broken into; OR
locked in a vault, safe or room that was built or adapted for storing these types of firearms
for automatic firearms, the bolt(s) or bolt-carrier(s) must be removed, if removable, and stored in a separate locked room that cannot be easily broken into
Bit cities might be a little different of course, but I know the only handgun's I've ever seen were police issue.. but just about every joe has one or two hunting rifles.
It's just a whole lot different than down here... and after being down here, I think a lot of the gun law is just crazy.
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