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Dear KPFA, The issue of toy

Dear KPFA,

The issue of toy guns that look like real guns is made more complicated, by gun manufacturers making real guns that look like toys.

So, any legislation must acknowledge that both are issues for law enforcement. Russia Today has done a very good documentary (noted in the link) looking at that fact that girls were targeted with a pink AR-15 carbine that looks like a toy. This should not be interpreted to justify the “quick draw” “shoot first” actions that we saw in Santa Rosa with the tragic police killing of 13 year old Andy Lopez.

So, may I suggest to our California Legislators; that they ban both real guns that look like toys and toy guns that look like real guns.

“Cumberland County hit the front pages of news worldwide, when 5-year-old Christian Sparks shot his 2-year old sister dead with a weapon he received as a gift for his 5th birthday. A real gun, with real bullets, that manufacturers openly advertise for children as "My First Rifle." While their mother was in the kitchen, Christian picked up his gun, and, unaware that it was still loaded, he accidentally shot his sister in the chest. Caroline was rushed to hospital, but tragically she died soon after. “

Thank you.

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