Village Holding Toy Gun Buyback Over Concerns They Risk Children's Lives

A New York village offered a toy-replacement program as officials said parents could be risking the lives of their child

Hempstead, NY – A village located in Long Island offered a toy-replacement program where children could bring in toy guns they received as gifts and replace them with other non-weapon toys.

Children were asked to bring in their water pistols, replica firearms and other imitation weapons for sporting goods and educational toys, according to WABC.

"The purpose is to offer safe alternative to toy guns. We don't want the kids playing with guns. Guns are dangerous," said Hempstead Village Trustee LaMont Johnson, according to WABC.

The village had 50 children come to the announcement made earlier in December.

"Saying no to guns is important - even toy guns," said Hempstead Village Mayor Don Ryan, according to WABC.

Sean Acosta of the New York Toy Gun Exchange Program bought the toys. Acosta is a former New York Police Department officer, according to WABC.

“I want to make sure when you grow up nothing happens to you," Acosta told a group of Hempstead schoolchildren earlier this month, according to WABC.

Some of the children at the announcement were given toy guns so they could exchange them for other toys, according to WABC.

Hempstead Village Police Department Lieutenant Derek Warner said parents could be risking the lives of their children by giving them toy guns for Christmas. He said police can mistake toy guns for real guns, especially when it is dark outside of if the child with the toy gun is in a poorly lit area, according to WABC.

"Toy guns can be a dangerous item to give your children," Lt. Warner said, according to WABC.

The Hempstead toy gun exchange program started in 2015, according to the Washington Times. It was started by Manhattan philanthropist Jean Shafiroff to stop children from playing with guns that could look real. Shafiroff said in 2016 she chose Hempstead because she heard about a number of shootings involving children in the area.

Comments (25)
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Patriot_Dave
Patriot_Dave

Yeah, I can see how a brightly colored "Super soaker" can be confused with an AK-47. Politicians are trying to turn America's children into a bunch of pansies. And it's working.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

This scares the hell out of me. Welcome to the pansyfication of the American people.

stooge819
stooge819

"Some of the kids were given toy guns to exchange for toys". No guns, children. So here's a gun for you to trade because you don't have one. That's a special kinda crazy right there.

Skidoo
Skidoo

They'll have to pry my cold, dead fingers from my super soaker before I'll give it up.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

People being made into willing victims is dangerous.

RPG156
RPG156

Just when you thought "namby pamby" wasn't a local government's platform...

Mama1959
Mama1959

I sure miss playing cowboys and Indians......

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

Toy guns are dangerous when you use them to rob liqueur stores.

Bilger11
Bilger11

Some were GIVEN toy guns to exchange....... bet that helps make the numbers look good

Chiefy
Chiefy

If a child doesn't want a toy gun, as a gift fine, but don't demonize toy guns as dangerous. Good parents can use the gift of a toy gun, as a lesson in firearm safety. Teach the children the do's and don'ts of handling a firearm. It is probably a good thing that "pet rocks" are no longer the fad or some "do gooder" would be offering buy backs, afterall they can be used, as a weapon. Local law enforcement could also offer a toy gun safety class, to teach children about gun safety. Curious to know if "all" the kids, who were given toy guns to exchange, actually exchanged them.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Can smartphone buybacks be far behind?

Pack
Pack

HaHa! A city of idiots!

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

Welcome to Liberatard NYS!

retiredcop
retiredcop

I don't care about toy guns that look like toy guns. However, I do wish manufacturers would not make toy guns that look real. When I shot someone, I was glad to find out the gun was real and not a toy.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

How about a criminal buy back? Well sort of. I say, the crims in jail, can only live a life that their family can provide for them. Of course there’d be a cap on it. Let’s say the cost to house and feed a crim be $100 a week(example amount), for the bare minimum, 3 hots and a cot and electricity, etc. if their families cannot pay that amount (whatever it may be) then they will have to be without it until they can come up with it. Why would we as citizens have to front their bill when they chose to do illegal acts? But the max would be the bare minimum. No lavish cells, tv, cell phones etc. then maybe the families will have to take some sort of responsibilities for these assholes making it hard for the good people.

And how about not pointing guns at anyone. Real or fake. You cant blame the officers for doing what they have to do because some criminals will paint their guns tips orang to look like a toy. What officers need to do in a split-second gets dissected and analyzed for years to find them in the wrongdoing.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

I am concerned about the couple of kids that were in fact shot by officers for having what appeared to be real looking weapons even though officers were told there was a possibility they were not. In both cases the children died as a result. While there's nothing funny about either case, both were cases resulting from monumental comedy of errors on everyone's part and not just the police. Toy manufacturer's have GOT to stop making replica's that look so realistic especially when an officer has only a split second to make a decision. In cases like that, I think everyone should share the blame equally. This "toy gun" buy back is only because they want kids to fear the almighty gun, and is nothing but malarkey designed to put unreasonable fear into these children just as society tries to get all younger people to fear the police instead of seeing them as their friend and running to them.

Katarina
Katarina

It would be much better to teach kids that NO gun is a toy and teach them gun safety instead. This is an excellent example of indoctrination to total government control.

robocop95
robocop95

We are doomed

Milman
Milman

Sounds like easy pickings in the town of Hempstead! Bunch of damn pansies. God help this country if it needs real men ..