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Tx shooting highlights struggle to regulate replica guns

The fatal police shooting earlier this month of a Texas middle school student clutching a BB gun spotlights how localities and states have struggled to identify and control both look-alike toys and guns that fire something other than bullets. ... Read more»

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Jan 15, 2012, 7:58 am
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I find it depressing that the proposed solution to this problem is more laws.  You can’t legislate against stupidity and you can’t legislate against poor parenting.  These are the reasons the young man died.  This was no “accident” as the teenager made conscious choices to first bring the gun to school then wave it around in front of armed police officers.  The parents were no less culpable whether they knew the boy had the gun or not; they were supposed to know, they were responsible. 
California is at the forefront of cradle to grave control on individual actions and these efforts have lead to a decline in one being held responsible for one’s actions.  Trying to make a person “safe” from their own stupidity is a fool’s errand and the law of unintended consequences rules.
California, once the envy of nation, has become the joke of the nation with its interminable meddling in individual affairs, all in the name of making society safer and look what it has gotten them.

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Jan 15, 2012, 4:10 pm
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Susan Ferriss, Center for Public Integrity. Your anti-gun bias is showing. “Integrity” - I am missing that. Where is it?  How is it that you can not see that blaming the pencil for the misspelled word is inappropriate? By the way, Beretta does not make revolvers. Never has. Either you or the Chief have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Your integrity in action - again? I’m not impressed. If you want to stop kids from getting shot work with their parents to educate the kids - honestly and fairly - about firearms. If you will look back in American history you will see that ANY PERSON with integrity has the duty as an American citizen to do so.

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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck shows that a real Beretta handgun looks very similar to a BB gun manufactured to look like the real thing. Here, both guns sit on a Los Angeles Police Department gun box.

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