Sunday, 23 December 2012

War against toy guns

A SEMI-AUTOMATIC toy gun rated the most popular toy for boys this Christmas has raised the ire of a global peace movement.

The rapid-fire Nerf gun, which makers promise will "deliver a semi-auto barrage of darts as fast as you can pull the trigger", is the top-rating boys' toy on a list released by the Australian National Retailers Association.

But the gun, along with a field of similarly sophisticated toy weapons, has triggered concern among child safety experts, the anti-gun lobby and the Tasmanian branch of an international peace movement.

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom has renewed its campaign against toy guns, in response to the growing popularity of the high-powered imitation arsenal for children.
Its Tasmanian branch president, Linley Grant OAM, urged families to resist buying toy guns this Christmas.
"Toys are for fun, not for fighting," she said.

Mrs Grant has written to the Education Department about the league's concerns and has compiled a flyer, about the dangers of war-like toys for schools, to hand out to parents.

"War toys create the impression that 'might is right' rather than helping children to learn kindness and generosity, reconciliation and acceptance of others," the flyer says.

Education Department deputy secretary Liz Banks said the flyers had been distributed to all schools, government and non-government.

Hi-tech Nerf guns, which shoot foam darts or discs and are intended for eight-year-olds and above, have been high on lists of popular Christmas gifts for several years.

They have become so popular that the national Toy and Game expo in Sydney next year is planning a 20m by 10m Nerf Arena, which organisers expect will be one of the top attractions.

Gun Control Australia has raised concerns about the popularity of such realistic toy guns. Spokesman Roland Browne said there had been a resurgence in toy guns in recent years but it was a "trend we shouldn't be accepting".
"We should be trying to move away from an American gun culture," he said.

Kidsafe Tasmania chief executive Jenny Branch said toy guns seemed more powerful each year and posed a potential physical danger.

She said long-range toy guns could cause eye injuries and she urged parents to include safety goggles with any gun gifts.

Mrs Branch said the toys should not be used near children under eight or left around for young children to access.



  1. I understand what they are trying to say, but just coming out with "American gun culture" is plain wrong. It's all about education. Let kids be kids and be taught right from wrong.

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  5. This is taking things way out of proportion and context. Yes, blasters are becoming more powerful, but they're still limited by toy gun safety laws, and they are rarely, if ever, used to promote violence or cause harm. They may resemble firearms, but the fact is they're toys and people have fun with them with friends and family, not kill people.

  6. P13c30fch33s324 you, like Toasty hit the nail in the head here. They're toys, let's not forget that. And it teaches healthy social interaction skills etc, unlike staying cut off from the world locked inside on video games all day or out causing mischief.

  7. The idea of adults saying no to "might is right" is hypocritical as that's how they dominate over us kids/pre-teens. And American gun culture is sorta racist to Americans as they are stereotyping this way of life. oh and "to learn kindness and generosity, reconciliation and acceptance of others" sounds like something from My little pony friendship is magic and idealists.

  8. Hi Anonymous - I totally agree with what you say. It's not correct for them to just label Americans as gun toting maniacs.

    And I laughed at that quote "to learn kindness and generosity, reconciliation and acceptance of others". They are missing the point of Toy BLASTERS not guns. They talk about teaching responsibility to kids, but that generalisation is wrong. Nerf are toys. They teach kids how to interact, team play, make decisions in the fly, and learn from making the right and wrong choices. It keeps them fit and gives them a asocial enjoyment.

    My nephew was chained to his xbox and ps3. He learnt some skills but had no desire to go out and socialise. He spent all his time playing console games. When he was bored that was his first thought. Then when he got bored of that, he would chain thru all his games.

    I got him Nerf and hes out and about being a healthy happy little 7 year old :)

    The chap who did the terrible shooting sin Sandy Hook had deep seeded issues. His mother taught him to bond with live firearms as she couldnt bond with him. Because he had open access to them, and the training, he used this as a means to address his issues. And that is sad. His parents failed him.

    If we dont teach children about respect from an early age, how will they understand anything or anyone. Education from Right and Wrong. Fundamentals of parenting.

    Pyschiatrists have said Toy "guns" dont turn kids into gun toting maniacs. People should listen to them, than self made phds.