Every year around this time a bunch of nanny-state busybodies try to suck the joy out of the holidays by releasing a list of toys they believe should not be sold to children.
“The Empire State Consumer Project has written a letter to the Hasbro board of directors, calling for them to remove assault-style toy weapons from their product line … The Nerf Ultra One and other nerf machine guns are the target of a letter from the Empire State Consumer Project. Director Carol Chittenden says the toys set a bad example for children. “It’s a matter of this being a very vulnerable consumer group. Children buy what they see and we’re not sure this is driven by market demand for assault weapon toys by children or the industry creating the demand,” said Carol Chittenden, director of the Empire State Consumer Project …”
“… Mary Lagana has seen the Hasbro commercial and agrees it is misleading. “It’s a little family sitting around looking at gifts and then grandma comes through and she has one of these big weapon kinds of things,” said Mary Lou Lagana, a Fairport resident … other shoppers think nerf guns like the nerf ultra one are too violent for children. “Actually kinda shocking to see that whole kinda round of bullets like on the gun itself. I would definitely not buy it wouldn’t recommend it. I think there are so many other toys and images that we could be introducing our kids to,” said Lisa Lagana, a Rochester resident. “There’s too much violence in our world, especially gun violence in the United States. So it’s not a good thing to set a precedent when your a kid of a gun like that,” said Debbie Cutter, a Canadaguia resident …”
I pity any small children who are related to these women. They’re getting itchy socks for Christmas.