A program in Hempstead, New York encourages children to turn in any toy guns they’ve received for less “dangerous” types of fun.
Local officials began the project in 2015, on the grounds that even toy guns set a bad precedent.
In an interview with WABC-TV, Hempstead Village Trustee LaMont Jackson offered his insight about the program.
“The purpose is to offer safe alternatives to toy guns,” Jackson explained. “We don’t want the kids playing with guns. Guns are dangerous.”
Supporting the move, Hempstead Village Police Department Lt. Derek Warner said that parents endanger the lives of their children when they gift toy guns.
“Toy guns can be a dangerous item to give your children,” Warner clarified citing how police officers have at times mistaken toy guns for real firearms.
Purchasing the toys was former New York Police Department officer Sean Acosta, who reasoned with children that he wanted “to make sure when you grow up, nothing happens to you.”