Do toy guns instill a want for a real gun?
Organizers of a toy gun exchange today think so and kids who come to an east side community center with a toy gun will get an opportunity to trade it in for a non-violent toy.
The Stop the Violence Coalition, No More Tears, and the F.A.T.H..E.R.'s host a toy gun exchange at the Delevan Grider Community Center today.
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Leonard Lane, F.A.T.H..E.R.S.
Children who bring a toy gun to the day long series of games and other activities will receive a non-violent toy in exchange, says Lenny Lane, President, of Fathers Armed Together to Help, Educate, Restore, and Save.
"Kids, they don't have the opportunity to be kids these days. There is so much violence in our community. We have to have this," Lane says.
"Kids have toy guns at home, under the bed, in the toy box, in a drawer. Bring it on up and we can exchange it," he says, adding that the goal is to try and expose children to less violent imagery.
The toy guns will be displayed inside a coffin at the site to draw attention to gun deaths .