A local community in Buffalo, New York has launched a toy gun exchange program, reminiscent of gun buyback programs run by governments, because the group’s leaders believe that if kids have toy guns, they might get their hands on a real gun.
Leonard Lane, president of the Buffalo F.A.T.H.E.R.S organization, believes that a cap gun sounds like a real gun and explained that toy guns present a serious danger to children — while he held a toy gun filled with candy, WIVB reported on Friday.
“Whatever you put in a child’s hands that’s what he feels comfortable with and you put a toy gun in his hands at an early age and when he gets older he’s going to want the real thing,” Lane said.
Lane and his organization are urging parents to turn in their kid’s toy guns this Christmas and exchange it for a different toy for what is described as the “annual Toy Gun Exchange.” Lane said the goal is to make children feel uncomfortable around toy guns so they’ll never want to be around real guns.
“I understand how a mother may feel wanting to get something her child would like, but what we don’t want to do is make a child feel comfortable with a toy gun,” said Lane.