Now here is a real crazy one for all of you.
In the town of York, SC, kids have to have permits to own a squirt gun as follows:
“The discharging of firearms within the city, the discharging or shooting of air rifles in the city and the discharging or shooting of toy guns on any of the streets of the city is prohibited; provided, however, that the city chief of police [sic] is authorized to issue temporary permits permitting the discharge of firearms and air rifles within the city, if in the opinion of the chief of police [sic], such permission is necessary to protect property within the city from animals or fowl. The permit must state the purpose for discharging firearms, or air rifles, briefly describe the property to be protected, set forth the date such discharging is permitted and shall be issued only to a person 21 years of age or older who has a valid hunting license. [my bolding and italics]“
Now what the heck is the purpose of this ridiculous ordinance? I recall playing with squirt guns as a kid, especially in the summer, all the time. It was just kid fun when it was hot outside. Good exercise to as we would all run around to avoid being squirted and fun when we did get squirted as it felt good.
The Chief of Police needs to issue a permit. “Toy guns” is not defined within the ordinance the “toy guns” statement could cover everything from paint ball guns and cap guns to water pistols. Water pistols are “discharged” or “shot” to make the water come out: so a water pistol is included.
In the City of York, a seven-year-old has to have a permit from the Chief of Police in order to go outside and have a squirt gun fight with his six-year-old brother if they leave the confines of their own yard. That’s IF the Chief of Police considers a squirt gun fight necessary for the protection of property within the city from animals or fowl.
This looks like insanity but it is a form of indoctrination actually. I just bought my grand children squirt guns a few years ago to play with around their pool. Never once did I think I was giving them something “dangerous” or that I would scare them because it “looked” like a gun. Neither did I think I would be teaching my grand children to shoot guns at people, real ones, as they know better than that.
Limiting this type of freedom for children is another type of tyranny over our children. Thankfully, where I gave my grand kids their squirt guns there is no ordinance such as this.
It is deeply concerning when a teacher sees a gun from a pop tart, or a pencil, or a kid using his hand like a gun, or takes the letter L out of the alphabet because it “looks like a gun”, and children are then suspended from school over normal child activity and imagination. I’m sure none of these kids were intending to shoot someone. Basically these children have been age 7 years old and younger.
Besides that in the 2nd Amendment the framers did not mention squirt guns, pencils or kids’ fingers as weapons. It would not have even crossed their minds to put something this stupid into the 2nd Amendment.
This suspending of kids for normal, usual activity by children has gone over board and is merely done, in my opinion, to make kids fearful about guns of any sort. It also removes the child’s imagination and normal development. Children of this age are normally very imaginative and creative. To me this type of thing stifles a child’s development.