Crickett does not manufacture bullets. The company offers books for “Grades 2-3 and up,” and says their guns are “ideally sized for children four to ten years old.”
Yeah, this is real and there’s no shortage of morons who think this
is “responsible gun ownership.” Teach the kids about guns early, the
reasoning goes, and they’ll be safer gun owners. This same reasoning
would put a five year-old behind the wheel of an SUV or in the cockpit
of a plane.
Unfortunately, companies like Crickett can get away with selling
these things to extremely stupid people because gun manufacturers are immune from liability lawsuits
and no consumer safety laws apply to them. Why? Because the NRA, that’s
why. They don’t give a fuck if some kid shoots his baby sister with a
dayglo kid-gun. They’re just happy someone was stupid enough to buy the
Again, this is what the NRA and all the gun freaks out there believe
is the very best America can do when it comes to firearm regulations.
This is the very best way to deal with guns — to not deal with them at
all. Look at those photos; some of those kids are basically babies and
mom and dad stuck a gun in their hand because they’re that fucking
stupid and because the gun culture promoted by the NRA and the
Republican Party led them to believe that it was OK.
Do we need laws to protect people from themselves? Yes. And even more
importantly, we need to protect children from their braindead,
gun-happy parents. This is not the best we can do.