Cleveland To Host A Toy Gun Buy-Back Event

On December 13, the Cleveland, Ohio community will participate in a toy gun buy-back program where youth will have the opportunity to turn in a toy gun in exchange for a comic book.

The program comes after the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was fatally shot by a rookie police officer after he thought Rice was reaching for the real thing.

It’s hard not asking why it takes a tragedy of this magnitude for action to occur. Personally, I never understood the purpose of toy guns. The insinuation of violence, even in a playful manner, always gave me an unsettling feeling.

The comic books, created by Damian Forsche of the Rid-All Green Partnership, focus on sustainability and provides an alternative to volatile urges and actions.

Yvonne Pointer, a Cleveland activist, stated, “These toy guns today are just too real, too realistic. We really feel this program could work and help make a difference.”

The even is scheduled for Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland.