Fake guns could have led to real fear

Published 12:07am Thursday, May 2, 2013

Having a gun pointed at you can be terrifying, particularly if you think the person behind the trigger means you harm.

A busload of Ferriday school children saw the wrong end of a gun barrel Tuesday morning and had to wonder — at least for a split second — if they were in harm’s way.

The realistic, but fortunately replica, firearms only fired harmless plastic pellets.

Practically anyone glancing at the fake firearms, however, would think they were real. Only a small orange cap at the barrel indicates it’s not a real firearm.

Sadly we live in a world in which realistic, but fake, guns can quickly instill realistic, genuine fear.

More and more citizens feel the need to arm themselves against criminals, and fewer citizens have respect for law enforcement officers. Add to that realistic toy guns and you have dangerous results.

Had the alleged actions of the three teenage boys charged in the case been committed in front of a law officer, or worse-yet, a trigger happy, gun-toting citizen, a real weapon may have been used against the boys.

The boys involved in the mock shooting may have meant no harm in the incident, but the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office is throwing the book at them. Each is charged with possession of a handgun by a juvenile and simple battery.

Those are serious charges, but pointing a gun at someone — whether the gun is real or fake — is a serious matter.

Parents must teach their children common sense with regards to firearms. Failure to do so has serious, potentially deadly, consequences.

  • Anonymous

    I hope the Democrat will continue to follow this case. Punishment for “stupidity” should be appropriate but not excessive. Because of their age it should include counseling and a lot of community service…and possibly jail. As to the orange tips on “toy” guns……a little Black spray paint will make them look real. Oh and get the parents involved too….maybe with a razor strap!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Again, we need gun control!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    We need idiot control!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Lightning good comment but gun control is the most important toward this issue!!!

  • Anonymous

    It’s encouraging to see that you agree with me on something. I must confess that I also agree with your post. After acquiring a target, it’s very important to maintain control of your gun. I’ve got an “Expert Marksmanship” ribbon that I earned in the military that I’m very proud of. Gun control – very important!!! Yessiree!!! That’s what I’m talking about!!!

  • Anonymous

    WE DON’T NEED GUN CONTROL !!!!!!! In any way, shape or form!!!! What we NEED, but cannot get, is IRRESPONSIBLE IDIOT control.
    Let’s make laws for automobile control; cars kill all the time. Never mind that the driver may be impaired in some way or doing something stupid. NOPE. IT IS THE CAR’S FAULT. Ban the cars.
    How about a ban on 4-wheelers. People get killed on them . BAN THEM.
    Let’s ban skiing. There are ALWAYS a few people who get killed each year skiing. BAN IT.
    Knives. Recently, there was a knife attack in the news. BAN THE KNIVES, NOW!!!! For safety, please!!!!!
    How about the folks who get stung by insects, bitten by snakes, take a medicine that they are allergic to, SWORD SWALLOWERS..AHA!!!!… SWORD SWALLOWERS, any food that may cause an allergic reaction/death to someone…BAN IT ALL!!!!!!
    Screwdrivers, chisels, nailsets, pneumatic nailers, forks, skewers, knitting kneedles, hypodermic needles, rolling pins, cast iron skillets, ropes of all types, utility knives, box cutters, bottles, mop handles( remember, this is how Jeffrey Dohmer was killed in prison…beaten to death with a mop), pecan shellers/picks, and on and on. ANYTHING can be used as a weapon. Take away guns, and what, then, will become the weapon of choice?
    I DON’T LIKE GUNS, but I will NEVER deny another person the right to own one. I actually have several, myself. I know how to use them. And well. But they are NOT used to hunt. They would ONLY be used as a resort to stop an imminent threat – of the life threatening type- to me, my brother, or a friend. And I do mean LIFE threatening.
    But you know what? If I didn’t have that gun, I would grab for anything on the list above, and more. And it could cause a fatality. BUT YOU DON’T ban it for such an event. The tool did NOTHING. It was operated by my hand. It IS MY responsibility, totally. The object is not at fault.
    Sorry, but I respectfully disagree with anyone who wants to ban or strongly regulate firearms.
    Put RESPECT, PRAYER, PUNISHMENT, and GOD back into the system and see what happens.
    We already can see what happens when HE is taken OUT.

  • Anonymous

    I am sorry. Completely off topic.
    Yes, it could have caused a tragedy. Yes, it could have been mistaken by law enforcement as real firearms. Yep, yep, yep.
    But, it didn’t. It was stupid.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    There shouldn’t be any questions to the fact of whether it a real gun or not for the problem of trouble is a gun and to be treated if its loaded!! It would have been different story if security killed the kid as NRA wants huh’??!! Thank God that this didn’t happen but could of!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Huh’??!!

  • Anonymous

    We do, so stop commenting.

  • Anonymous

    I’m devastated.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    If this means any thing for I have been military all my life and don’t want any gold stars is why I’m pushing this gun control issue for its common sense!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1268319957 Doug Schexnayder

    The arrogant apostles of control freak utopian secular socialism are always in love with “could have”….so we all must be protected from ANY negative consequences (from teen fornication Plan B pills to silly plastic bags over your head warnings etc) ….thus, the Nanny gov-meant in your face…never trusting at the point of decision…trying to replace parenting…
    you think any principal etc 40 years ago would have gone ballistic as so many do now over gun drawings, pointing your finger in 2nd grade like a gun? Oh, that was before the dimdem liberal fantasy police got the reins of education.
    What ever happened to a chewing in the office or sending them home for the day? Well, what happened to that?

    To the dimdems we are all 7 years old and they are our paranoid parents so its way way out of proportion until the public outrage corrects many of their bozo decisions. The absurd liberal “Zero Tolerance Policy” craze is in the news weekly for its straight jacket insanity.
    This is very very bad for any nation…and plain stupid…go ahead, traumatize kids for drawing a gun in 2nd grade etc…and you wonder why private schools and home schooling are at record highs. Stupid is…as stupid does.

  • Sonny Daniels

    Good Post

  • Sonny Daniels

    How the government tries to eliminate every possible danger from our lives reminds me of the those funny satire pictures of the OSHA approved cowboy, etc…everything happening is a reactive response, instead of more intelligent proactive response.

  • concerned redneck

    No gun control. Parent control kid control and yes idiot control.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Doug, quit trying to scare folks as the republicans and nra for there is not a right period taken away and you know it and everyone as the majority of Americans that want this to save lifes just as the health care issue an theres no difference to either!!!!!!!!! This reminds me of people as yourselve telling people that the earth was flat and fall off the earth that we know is false!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Do what??!! The intelligent response is gun control period!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Lightning, you know he is slow an can’t help his self for he’s a yes person!!!

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