• Afghanistan Bans Toy Guns to Curb Culture of Violence

    January 22, 2016

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    This one’s so funny that it must be some kind of U.S.-led initiative; I can’t believe the Afghans have this kind of a sense of humor.


    But whatever the origin, Afghanistan banned the sale of imitation Kalashnikovs and other toy guns after they caused injuries to more than 100 people during the last Eid celebrations. Children toting toy guns that fire rubber or plastic pellets are a common sight in the country during Eid al-Fitr, with sales surging every year amid festivities marking the end of Ramadan.

    More than 100 children and teenagers suffered eye injuries during the last round of celebrations, the interior ministry said. “We have ordered police forces to confiscate all toy guns which can lead to physical and psychological damage among people,” a ministry statement said.

    Now of course the hilarity is that Afghanistan remains one of the most heavily-armed places on earth. It is more than likely that every kid with a toy gun either has his own AK at home, or lives in a house with a real AK (or two, or four…) Meanwhile, the countryside is strewn with land mines dating back to the British 19th century defeat, buried under Soviet mines from the 1980s, buried under American munitions of more recent vintage. Car bombs are not infrequent interruptions to Taliban firefights and if none of that puts a kid’s eye out, there are always “accidental” U.S. drone strikes to help paint the landscape with Afghan kid splat.

    Nonetheless, while the Afghan government can do nothing about any of that, it does claim it wants to reduce the influence of war toys on impressionable young minds.

    But every action has a consequence. The toy gun ban, if vigorously enforced by the lazy, corrupt Afghan police who can’t stop car bombs, never mind plastic guns, would impact the booming toy business in the country. That, along with opium production, are possibly the last two for-profit enterprises functioning in Afghanistan.

    The ban follows an earlier increase on import tax for toy guns from 10 percent to 50 percent to discourage it. The move could lead to an emergence of adults’ black markets and smuggling networks for children’s toys, the Interior Ministry warned. That situation will then mirror the lucrative black market for real firearms. Hey kids, just like daddy!

    According to the AFP news agency, the toy gun ban was widely welcomed on social media, with some calling for extending the crackdown to include sales of real weapons in the war-torn country. “This is a positive step that will stop children from taking up real arms when they grow up,” one Afghani wrote on Facebook. “Militancy and war has promoted a brutal culture of violence in our society that is impacting children.”

    Like I said, those wacky Afghans. Who knew after centuries of war against foreign invaders they still have their sense of humor?



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    • John Poole said...

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      I think Americans seem to have been separated at birth from those whacky Afghans. Both cultures are examples of tragic arrested development. Maybe it was inevitable we were reunited
      for a spate of whacky folly.

      01/22/16 9:48 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      “Nonetheless, while the Afghan government can do nothing about any of that, it does claim it wants to reduce the influence of war toys on impressionable young minds.”

      Influence? INFLUENCE????

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

      right.
      Meanwhile, their entire existence is surrounded by killing, murder, bombs blowing up, bodies torn to pieces, destruction, rape and terror.

      You can’t make this shit up.

      01/22/16 2:11 PM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...

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      So Afghanistan Bans Toy Guns to Curb Culture of Violence?

      So what about those PC & iPhone game with very graphic violence and killing shootings?

      But wait there more for you, “The FBI Operated a Massive Child Pornography Website” so who knows may there are far that just Child Pornography Website running by FBI like terrorists, ISIS so the White House Meets With Silicon Valley Execs to “Disrupt” ISIS Online!

      01/22/16 9:49 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      Those wacky Afghans, indeed. Why don’t they just do what we do to curb the sale of toy guns to children? Shoot the kid.

      01/24/16 3:49 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      5

      Lots of children play ‘shoot-em-up”. Some of them NEVER GROW UP –

      Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump joked today that he could “shoot somebody” in New York City but still not lose what he called his loyal supporters.

      “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?” Donald Trump said to laughter at a rally he held at a Christian college in northwest Iowa. “It’s like, incredible.”

      As he spoke, the billionaire put his fingers into the shape of a gun and acted out pulling the trigger.

      AMERICA, BANG BANG, YOU’RE DEAD.

      01/24/16 9:52 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      6

      “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump joked today that he could “shoot somebody” in New York City but still not lose what he called his loyal supporters.”

      Didn’t Hitler say that too?

      That’s it. Folks..we’re almost at the bottom of the election campaigns cesspool. The Framers must be hanging their heads. However, I have an observation.

      Trump has crossed a line. And it has pulled back the curtain on the personality trait of his followers. To laugh at a so called “joke” whereby someone is killed to prove his followers would follow him regardless of what he does, is beyond campaign rhetoric. It is sick. And dangerous. To me, we have witnessed a turning point in political ideologies in America. Trump is an Authoritarian. While I believe America will refute this scumbag, in this day an age, it be possible, given what AmeriKa has become, he could be elected. Lord help us if does, as to me, these followers are no different than those who listened and believed..in Hitler.

      01/24/16 11:55 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      7

      one other note. Today, America SHOULD be OUTRAGED…from coast to coast. People SHOULD be calling for this animal to resign from his campaign. Instead except for a few voices…crickets. This tells me something.

      01/24/16 11:59 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “Today, America should be outraged.”

      The problem with Nazi Germany was not Uncle Adolf. He merely pandered to the hatred of the German people.

      Uncle Donald is merely pandering to US. The world should be outraged at US.

      01/24/16 12:48 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Rich said…

      “The problem with Nazi Germany was not Uncle Adolf.”

      With all due respect Rich, I disagree. Without a figure who exploits the resource of hate, it remains simmering as a collective until such time the rhetoric of a dictator manage to bring it to a “nationalism” boil. This is what is happening in America.

      01/24/16 7:09 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      The problem is the silent majority who stare evil in the face and say “I’m not gonna stick my neck out.”

      01/24/16 7:54 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

      01/25/16 8:27 AM | Comment Link

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