Toronto store refuses to sell toy guns
WATCH ABOVE: Scouts Canada says it has no plans of following suit in a water gun ban imposed by its American counterpart. Peter Kim reports.
TORONTO — When Nadir Far heard that Boy Scouts of America is planning to ban water gun fights he applauded their decision. The owner of Toy Terminal has been in the business for 23 years and you won’t see a single toy gun on his fully stocked shelves.
“I’ve seen the image of guns, and water guns, (sic.) kids growing up to kill each other and destroying people’s lives and family. That to me has become unacceptable. So I said, never guns, never water guns, anything shooting. Even we don’t sell any video games too,” he said.
But critics on social media were quick to shoot down Boy Scouts of America’s move to take aim at water gun fights.
Scouts Canada has no plans on following suit.
“[We] place great importance on creating a fun and safe environment for our members. Our volunteers undergo thorough safety training, and we make a range of resources available to youth and their parents that reinforce our culture of safety, but a ban on water guns is not something that is currently under consideration,” said spokesperson John Petitti.
Parents Global News spoke to had mixed feelings.
“As long as [children] understand that it’s a form of play and they understand the context, I don’t think it’s a big issue,” said Eric, a young father who was shopping at Toy Terminal Wednesday afternoon.
“There are other toys you can encourage your kids to play with in lieu of toy guns, and I just don’t like the whole shooting other people and playing with guns in general,” said another shopper.
Nadir’s aversion to toy guns is so strong he says he even wrote a letter to Hasbro asking the toy company to stop manufacturing them. He doesn’t mind the potential lost sales because of his hardline stance.
“They can pick something else,” he says.