Kids with guns
Yes, they’re plastic
Filled with sponge balls, darts, plastic pellets
Supposed to be harmless
To me these are not “toys”
Targeting other children’s faces
Forget the softness of the bullets
Think of the implications
A child of twelve running around a playground with a gun
Shaped and clicking and simulated to use and sound like an AK-47
I watch as he shakes it with his right arm to reload
I see him mimicking all the moves of a soldier in combat
Sneaking around, lying down to get a steady-armed shot
His target in the sites
Is this what we want our children practicing?
I wrote this knowing I will get flak, and I welcome all of your opinions and ideas on it. I’m not asking you to agree with me, I would just like your opinion.