This has nothing to do with gun control!
A 14-year-old carrying an Airsoft gun was shot by police in Jacksonville, Florida, on Friday night after an officer mistook his BB gun for a real weapon. He has a non-life-threatening injury in the leg.
Officers were called to a woman’s house just after 11 p.m. after she said there was an “armed prowler” shooting at her window, said Tom Hackney of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Officer Josh Livingood, who has been on the Jacksonville police force for two years, approached the teen and told him to put his hands up, authorities said. The boy then pulled out an Airsoft gun and pointed it at Livingood, Hackney said.
When I was a kid back in the late 50’s early 60’s my playmates and I would play war throughout our neighborhood. We had everything from machine guns to rifles and we hid in trees and under bushes.
Today’s world is so much different and with all the shooting and violence many people and most of all , police are on edge. Our police have split-seconds to decide on deadly force. If they call it right, they are heroes and if not, they are abusive. As far as the orange tip barrel on toy guns, whose to say the bad guy won’t paint the tips of their guns orange?
But when it comes to real guns, parents can take the time to teach kids gun safety and “responsibility.” Parents allowing their children to run around the neighborhood with real looking guns need to think twice. Let them do their shooting on Xbox.