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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 18, 2013/ 10 Sivan 5773

The Guns Are Toys; The Principal Is a Danger

By Lenore Skenazy



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A school in Hayward, Calif., is offering a "toy gun buyback" to its students, modeled on the buybacks of real guns at real police stations. Though I don't have a big opinion about the idea — on the one hand, sometimes people mistake toy guns for real ones, which is tragic; on the other hand, laws based on one-in-a-million odds are usually overreaching — I am appalled by the reasoning of the principal:


"Playing with toys guns, saying 'I'm going to shoot you,' desensitizes them, so as they get older, it's easier for them to use a real gun."


Talk about absolute blather. Is there any proof of this whatsoever? How about the fact that millions upon millions of kids have played with toy guns for generations without growing up desensitized to what a real gun is? By the principal's logic, my husband should be a heartless murderer; he played with toy revolvers as a kid, as did his brother. Yet they both seem very aware of the difference between a toy gun and a Colt 45 — unless that's the beer. Either way, they also know the difference between beer and guns. And they don't even mix them!

The principal's statement irks me because he's making up a reason to be yet more terrified about our kids: how endangered they are now, how dangerous they'll become. Can't win. Everything is just danger on a stick.


One onlooker commented, "Does a Pop-Tart shaped like a gun count?" That person was referring, of course, to the recent case of a kid who faced disciplinary action for biting his pastry into what he said was the shape of a mountain, but school administrators contended it was the shape of a gun and therefore, somehow — goodness knows how — dangerous. Considering how afraid we are of everything having to do with kids (another boy was suspended for mentioning the word "gun" — as in, "I wish I had a gun so I could save people"), a Pop-Tart gun buyback is not beyond possibility.


Please note that this is not a column about gun control. It's really not, even at the fringes. It's about following the thought train of that principal: If a child plays with a gun, he will grow up cavalier about (or, worse, enamored of) real firepower. That opinion is as scary as any weapon I can think of, because it's power coupled with psychobabble.

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