Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Pass me some of those assault weapon cookies please!

Okay, this is a bit of a rant but I couldn't believe my eyes when I came across a cookie cutter shaped like a revolver.  Who needs a cookie cutter shaped like a revolver?????  Seriously, who?

Revolver shaped cookie cutter


After the horrific images of violence we (and many of our kids) saw last week I just couldn't wrap my head around why anyone would want a cookie cutter shaped as a gun.  Who is this being targeted towards (no pun intended)?  Do kids need revolver shaped cookie cutters at their birthday parties?

After a moment or two I began wondering if I was just being a crazy overprotective mama bear.  But, the more I thought about it the more incensed I became.  Yes, some cartoons have laser guns and yes, soldiers carry guns too but this was a revolver.  To me revolvers shout criminals and murder.

On top of that I was already feeling upset that the US failed to expand their gun control laws that would have seen expanded background checks for gun buyers, a ban on assault weapons and a ban on high-capacity gun magazines, this in the wake of the massacre in Newtown Connecticut that left 20 children dead this past December.  Aren't we supposed to be protecting our children?


Moms Demand Action print campaign - Kinder Egg vs. assault weapon
Image: MomsDemandAction.org

A group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has put out a print campaign that just shows how ridiculous things have gotten.  In all three of their ads they depict something that has been banned in order to protect American children with guns, high power assault weapons that are still legal in the US.  Little Red Riding Hood - banned for having wine. Kinder Eggs - banned for being dangerous.  Dodgeball - banned for being too violent.  Purchasing assault weapons - no problem, not dangerous to kids at all.  Mind boggling.


Moms Demand Action print campaign - Dodgeball vs. assault weapons
Image: MomsDemandAction.org

Last night on the news I heard of another incident of terror that was averted right here in Toronto.  It is being described as an Al Qaeda-sponsored plot to derail a passenger train.  It just seems to me that our kids can see/hear enough violence just by listening to the news or looking at the front pages of the newspaper.  

I'm not naive. I know that kids, even those that have 'no gun' rules at home somehow manage to pick up a stick or some other object and manifest it into a gun but do we really need to bring violence to their parties in the guise of treats?  Does anyone really need gun shaped cookies?  Heck, even superheroes don't use guns.  

7 comments :

  1. It's really sad that manufacturers and companies even want to make such things knowing that kids may see it in the store. :(

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    1. It really is hard to believe that there is a market for these cookie cutters.

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  2. Wow. Sometimes I wonder how things like this make it to market...makes me so thankful I'm Canadian and raising my daughter where she has access to Kinder Surprise and (I pray) never a gun.

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    1. Yes, I feel much safer with my child playing with Kinder Eggs and not guns.

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  3. I "freak" that the little lego guy comes with a gun now (don't remember that from when I was a kid), this is just insane. I don't think that there are enough "over protective momma bears" out there if there is actually a market for "those" (can't use the words I would like to to describe "those"). It's ridiculous what passes as acceptable now-a-days. Seems like this world's headed straight you-know-where in little red's wine laden picnic basket..

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  4. Um, old western themed parties? Which is what I'm buying one for. Y'all need to seriously chill. Also, there are plenty of kids who use guns for hunting. You don't need to act like guns don't exist in the world your child lives in, because that is not true. You need to teach them gun safety incase they ever come across one. Sheltering children does not make them non-violent as much as kids playing cops and robbers/cowboys and Indians does not turn them into gang members.

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