The Left’s war on guns has been going on for a long, long time. The running gun battle is one aspect of the Left’s War on Masculinity. Physical strength, self-reliance, and rugged independence and self-defense are traditionally desirable masculine qualities which align quite well with national interests of a free and independent society.
Thus, the Left’s invention and ongoing weaponizing of Feminism to erode what today they call “toxic masculinity” in adults. Guns are the essence of toxic masculinity, not to mention a literal threat to domination and control by big nanny government feminism. Guns therefore must be regulated, controlled, and eliminated wherever possible.
But what about the next generation? How can the Left prevent toxic masculinity in little boys? Through government-run education, media propaganda and, of course, through regulation of children’s playthings. Not content with pushing Barbie dolls for boys, the Left is prosecuting a war on toy guns.
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New York has a history of targeting children’s toy gun retailers. New York state law
“prohibits the sale of imitation guns in realistic colors such as black, blue, silver, or aluminum, unless it has a non-removable one-inch-wide orange stripe running down both sides of the barrel and the front end of the barrel,” according to the attorney general office. All fake toy guns must be neon colored in New York City.
Using this law, New York targeted Walmart, Amazon, Rite-Aid and other retailers, forcing them to fork over big bucks for the crime of selling toy guns.
In 2015, California passed its own law making toy guns illegal. Governor Jerry Brown introduced the laws after law enforcement shot and killed a 13-year-old after mistaking the boy’s BB pellet rifle for a real gun.
According to the California Penal Code, an “imitation firearm” is “any BB device, toy gun, replica of a firearm, or other device that is so substantially similar in coloration and overall appearance to an existing firearm that a reasonable person would perceive that the device is a firearm.” See Cal. Penal Code § 16700(a).
The law prohibits “purchasing, selling, manufacturing, shipping, transporting, distributing, or receiving an imitation firearm [aka toy gun] for commercial purposes” unless certain exceptions apply.
These regulations are chilling the manufacture and sale of toys. This toy pirate flintlock gun is illegal to sell in California.
Other toy guns are technically legal to sell, but thanks to these New York and California laws, Amazon and Walmart, Rite Aid and other big retailers are literally gun shy, reluctant to stock these toys.
Amazon’s reluctance to allow retailers to offer toy guns like these rifles for sale through its Internet market space last year very nearly pushed at least one California toy dealer to the edge of bankruptcy. He donated thousands of toy rifles and pirate flintlocks to local charities to mitigate his ongoing business expenses to store the now unmarketable toys. Afraid of retribution, this conservative California retailer prefers to remain anonymous.
And this Christmas could be the last chance for kids in California to stock up on these fun guns. As California will soon suffer from new Democrat supermajority in both houses, expect more lunacy with respect to children’s rights to keep and bear toys. Merry Christmas.
UPDATE for Christmas Shoppers: If local stores do not stock these toys guns, readers can order the toy Pirate Flintlock shown above here on Amazon; the Rapid Fire Fed Blaster toy gun is available for order here; and the Double Barrel Blaster toy shotgun is available here.
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