There are some people who are simply not satisfied unless they take everything that’s good, wholesome, fun, and entertaining, and totally annihilate it with their twisted left-wing agenda.
An author by the name of Lauren Levy is out to take away a summertime favorite of children across the world, and destroy it forever, stripping the sweet little smiles from their cute, tiny faces.
Apparently, children should never, ever play with water guns. Yes, she’s serious.
According to The Daily Caller:
We have yet to reach Memorial Day, but the fun police have already set their sights on at least one cherished summer childhood activity. In an article for Pupsugar.com, titled, “Why Kids Should Never Play With Water Guns. Period.,” author Lauren Levy lectures the nation’s parents on the hidden menace of squirt guns.
According to Levy, no child should be permitted to use a water gun under any circumstances. That a particular squirt gun might bear no resemblance whatsoever to a real firearm is of no concern to Levy, who contends, “Even if they’re colorful and super cool, kids shouldn’t be playing with water guns because it normalizes the real thing.”
Fully embracing the role of humorless scold, Levy earnestly warns readers, “There are some children who will never smile again — all because someone picked up a gun. At the same time, we have little ones playing and laughing over the very thing that is killing other kids. It just isn’t right.”
One could reasonably mistake Levy’s article for satire, were it not for the fact that recent decades have witnessed a wide-ranging effort to stamp out the fictional toy gun hazard. There have been toy-gun turn-ins modeled off of gun “buy-backs,” local bans on the sale of toy guns that have crippled small business owners with outlandish fines, and too many zero-tolerance school suspensions to count.
Levy makes several assertions about how toy guns are detrimental to children, but offers no evidence to support her claims. Levy’s expertise on the matter appears limited to a combination of her feelings and a childhood where her mother insisted on a toy gun-free home.
Levy’s lack of evidence is revealing. In an interview with WebMd.com clinical psychologist and best-selling author Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. made clear, “Everyone has an informal causation theory that playing with guns leads to the use of guns in adulthood,” but that, “There’s no scientific evidence suggesting that playing war games in childhood leads to real-life aggression.” In recent years, the work of Thompson and other researchers has led to a bevy of articles in typically anti-gunpublications that have sought to calm parents’ fears about aggressive play and toy firearms.
What’s truly ironic here is how Levy’s own stance on this issue actually puts her at odds with even some of the most die-hard anti-gun politicians in our country, including former President Barack Obama.
In fact, there were water gun battles held at the Naval Observatory during summer parties, and even Obama was photographed taking fire from his daughters during a water gun fight.
— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) June 15, 2013
Former Vice-President Joe Biden carried (but not concealed) a similar “weapon:”
The Vice President of the US just shot me with a super soaker pic.twitter.com/lkPWMD1OvM
— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) June 21, 2014
Water guns are a great way to encourage kids to get off the couch, put down the devices, and get some sun, all while making memories they’ll cherish forever.
Keeping kids from playing with water guns isn’t going to stop gun violence. Know why? Because it doesn’t address the real problem. The human heart.
Unfortunately, the “fun police” just don’t seem to get it.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]