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When Super Soakers Are Outlawed…

Posted by Adam Graham on May 9, 2007

From Tennessee, some sillyness from Democrats:

Won’t the Tennessee State University be a safer place now that toy guns are banned? Next on the list–extending your index finger forward while holding your thumb up.

On yesterday’s radio program, we interviewed State Rep. Stacey Campfield regarding a change to TSU’s campus laws that appeared before a government committee in Nashville. Campfield said that the vote to ban toy guns passed on a party line vote. According to Campfield, Republicans voted against banning toy guns…Democrats voted for.

The problem according to one of the sponsors is as follows:

But TSU Campus Police Chief Sylvia Russell said toys can be mistaken for the real thing.

“Officers, unfortunately, when they come to an incident, they are responding in an emergency situation. They can’t tell if it’s a toy or not so they are going to treat that person like they have a very real weapon and that could result in injury or death,” she said.

Think about this for just a moment. Who exactly is going to be at risk with a fake gun. Probably someone who’s acting in a threatening manner, like someone who decides they want to take everyone hostage with the toy gun, but it’s just a toy gun. And they think the law will stop someone who is risking prison time, etc. for holding people hostage or intimidation will make them not do it because of some University policy.

The policy would be a little more reasonable if we were talking only about “realistic-looking guns” but any police officer who drops a skinny college kid carrying a super green and orange super soaker has some serious ‘splainin to do.

Hat Tip: Instapundit.

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