Toronto area mayors are being asked to endorse a ban on kids possessing toy guns in public.
Scugog Mayor Marilyn Pearce is leading the plan to prohibit anyone under 18 from having toy guns in public spaces. Her community was the first in Ontario to enact the ban in Jan. 2006.
Mayors and regional chairs from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Hamilton will meet in Keswick, Ont., Friday to discuss the ban.
"I am hoping all of the municipalities in the GTA will come on board on this initiative to get toy guns off the streets," Pearce said.
"It is really about protecting children and I don't know how anyone can have an issue with that.
Pearce is concerned that toy guns that look like the real thing might put children at risk of a police officer shooting first and asking questions later.
Is there any evidence that police have turned, or will turn, trigger-happy at the sight of a young boy with a toy gun?
Is there any evidence that playing with toy guns leads to gun crime?
Don't parents teach their children any more about the difference between toy guns and real guns? They did about hunting rifles and BB guns when I was a boy. But then, I grew up in the country, where people do not have the urban sophisticate's primitive fear of firearms as talismans capable of turning peaceful citizens into savage killers just by looking at them.
This isn't about protecting children but about protecting rear ends. Not one life will be saved, but the politicians can assure themselves that they've done something.