Gunphobia in America has now reached the level of absurdity.
CBS St. Louis reports the pastor of a Baptist church in St. Louis, Missouri, is planning a gun buyback this summer. The kicker is this: The guns that will be bought back are not real guns, but TOY guns.
Pastor Rodney Francis of the Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church wants to catch kids before they even think about wielding a weapon. He says parents would be able to trade their toy guns, swords, or other weapons in for a more “wholesome” toy.
Francis says there are no violent video games, gory movies or toy weapons in his family’s house: “My wife and I feel that we need to do everything we can to not allow our kids to get exposed to this too early. They’re going to get exposed to it but we can protect them early on so they don’t get a distorted view of what those can do to the human body. We want to engage the culture of violence and one of the strategies that we thought we might be able to use is to educate parents about the danger of allowing kids to continue this access to toy guns and playing with toy guns.”
Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church (WTBC) is a black church and the chosen site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s appearance in St. Louis. Rodney Francis (photo below) was named pastor of WTBC in July 2010.
Here’s the church’s contact info:
3200 Washington Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63103-1219
Phone: (314) 533-5374