New York-children are encouraged to exchange toy guns for educational gifts in community to sell

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For the fourth year in a row, which is a community on Long Island, new york, New York city, children are being encouraged to swap their toy guns for the substitute property, in the quest to curb gun violence.

On Thursday afternoon, about 80 to 100 children are presented with their imitation guns, and water pistols to the members of the law enforcement for something a little fluffier, colorful, and sporty, with the kick-off for the Toy Gun Exchange.

“Long Island’s young people to exchange guns for non-violent toys for children. This year, we will have a few hundred of the toys will be shared, and more so than in years past. And the number is increasing every year,” LaMont Johnson, is a trustee of Hempstead Village and the Hempstead Board of Education, told Fox News ahead of the event.

Approximately 80 to 100 children have begun to hand in their imitation firearms, water pistols, to the members of the law enforcement educational toys for the children.
(Sean Acosta)


Johnson was joined by Mayor Don Ryan, and the program’s co-chair, Sean Acosta, Jr., for the first day of the event, but its impact on the recent shooting tragedies that have occurred in the country as a whole.” Acosta, an ex-NYPD officer, the launch of the programme in 2016, with the goal of protecting youth from gun-related violence, noting that many of the toys from water guns to the plastic-replica – made of real threats. He pointed out that the police officers in the heat of the moment it is not possible to differentiate between the real one and the fake one.

“The message is ‘guns are not toys’ is crucial to the learning of each individual child. Or, it means that out of the way of violence or crime, or education, is to never play with a gun, and it is initiatives like these that save lives and help children to learn a life-saving message across,” he said.

According to the event’s press release, of the Long Island Toy Gun Exchange Program was the first of its kind in the region, the new toys have been donated by Mr. Acosta, Jr. and stop gun violence before it begins.”

The organizers said Acosta gave the toy to the event.
(Sean Acosta)

Organizers also urged the children to a visit to the village, with offices and trade in their toy guns for other sports equipment or educational toys for the children. The children who are visiting the offices, without a gun-like toy, and will still be spent on items such as water pistols, and then is invited to “turn to” in order to be a part of the movement.


However, some gun rights advocates said they were skeptical.

“This is going to be done in the right spirit, but I don’t think it’s a good strategy if you want to. I am a doctor and I am in the practice of evidence-based medicine. We know that early exposure to firearms and firearms safety, reduce gun accidents by children. It is to keep guns secured and unloaded to protect the children,” said Dr. Matthew Tipton, is a Mississippi-based father of three, and the Alcorn County SWAT team member. “Making guns” forbidden ” adds to the appeal for children. My kids have all been taught to respect guns.”

Dennis Santiago, which is a global risk analyst and a California-based firearms instructor, argued that “the imposition of a toy exchange is a form of child cruelty.”

All around the Hempstead area have been invited to take part in.
(Sean Acosta)

“It creates unnecessary stigma for children who would otherwise be influenced by their old phobias. It’s a way of passing on the fear and prejudices from one generation to the next,” he said. “It is a particularly aggressive form of human rights violation when it is done by authorities such as the police or school officials because it disrespects the family values of the child and who the parents were, in fact, provide the child with the toy in the first place.”


And, in front of the lens of Dianna Muller-competitive shooter, and former Tulsa, Okla., a police officer with the toy gun exchange program was “totally inappropriate and irresponsible.”

“The anti-gun crowd’s irresponsible to focus the discussion on a firearm, is a tool that no one wants to be evil or good. The removal of the ability to have a conversation and learn about firearms safety, it makes no one safer,” she added. “They are indoctrinating our children that guns are ‘bad,’ masquerading under the cloak of security, as opposed to disarmament. In addition, the access to toy guns is not a new thing. In contrast to the recent trend of the recordings take place in gun-free zones, toy guns are not a new phenomenon. You used to be able to buy a real gun from a catalog, from the Sears, and have it delivered to your home. School shootings were not a problem at this time, however, they are now, so it doesn’t make sense to me as to the guilt of the firearms on the set.”

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