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(Boston Globe)   Wal-Mart sued over toy gun sales. Real guns still OK   ( divider line
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67 clicks; posted to Main » on 10 Apr 2003 at 4:21 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-04-10 12:56:14 PM  
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Toy or real? When are we going to get a WAL MART tag Drew? And Canada.
2003-04-10 01:02:31 PM  
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2003-04-10 01:25:29 PM  
I shot my self with a real toy gun and it stung...
2003-04-10 01:31:44 PM  
So what's to prevent the bad guys from putting orange markings on real guns making police officers think they're toys?
2003-04-10 01:40:54 PM  
Feel free, Drew.

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2003-04-10 01:53:06 PM  
Rjd2 I like the 2nd one.
2003-04-10 04:01:06 PM  
Actually, they also stopped selling real guns in California becuase they hire dumbass workers who don't want to hassle with making the customer fill out a background check.
2003-04-10 04:26:53 PM  
What idiot submitted this story? There is nothing ironic about it at all.
2003-04-10 04:29:58 PM  
I like the Wal Mart tag and the second Canada tag!
2003-04-10 04:30:17 PM  
I hate New York state.
2003-04-10 04:32:15 PM  
STEPHENV; your right the cop's took the gun guy off in hand-cuffs this week at our local WAL-MART for not doing
checks and paper work. All the gun's are gone,ammo too.
they may have paint ball guns still.
2003-04-10 04:33:24 PM  
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2003-04-10 04:34:59 PM  
This story is reasonable. Why I'd think this was a real gun unless it had markings that said otherwise:

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2003-04-10 04:36:26 PM  
Yes, the last time I checked the Constitution, real guns were ok....
2003-04-10 04:36:49 PM  
Bump: Are you channeling Oprah?
2003-04-10 04:37:28 PM  
I worked at a Dunham's sporting goods store for awhile, and we sold guns. Had to do background checks and stuff...we even had store policy of making people show id to buy ammunition.
word to wise.
Gun people don't like showing you their id.
The State Trooper commended the practice though!
Gotta love it when the state troopers buy their bullets from the sporting goods store ;p
2003-04-10 04:38:51 PM  
Ok, who's gonna put up the picture of Vince Vaughn in "Made"?
2003-04-10 04:40:25 PM  
He He Bump, for some reason that really made me laugh.
2003-04-10 04:40:48 PM  
"we need more ammo. let's go to big 5."

/fat tony
2003-04-10 04:42:06 PM  
First: This is not ironic at all.

Second: The reason they were sued was not because they were selling toy guns, it was because they couldn't be distinguished from real guns easily enough. If a guy has a gun and pulls it, a cop is going to shoot him. If a kid doesn't know any better and pulls his fake piece, a cop is gonna shoot him. The difference is people who are not a danger to anyone are going to get shot by stresed out cops.
2003-04-10 04:44:44 PM  
"What idiot submitted this story? There is nothing ironic about it at all."

I didn't post it, but it is a proper use of the irony tag. The irony is that they are being fined for selling illegal toy guns when on would think that it would be real guns you moron.
2003-04-10 04:49:58 PM  
Couldn't somebody just put an orange stripe down the side of a real gun to make it look like a toy gun, which would, of course, allow hilarity to ensue?
2003-04-10 04:53:53 PM  
blah blah blah ironic tag use blah blah
2003-04-10 04:54:15 PM  
BamaTide -

Uhm, no.

Illegal toy guns vs. legal real guns.
Which would you get in trouble for selling?

YOU may think that being sued for selling the legal product is more likely than being sued for selling the illegal product, but most people wouldn't.

Is this story ironic? I can't say I really care....
2003-04-10 04:56:40 PM  

No, you are wrong. It is not ironic. The story isn't an issue of whether or not it's ok to sell real guns (which it is), it's that in New York, they cannont sell fake guns without proper markings set by the state.

2003-04-10 04:56:58 PM  
2003-04-10 04:59:54 PM  
what the hell is wrong with TOY guns?....nothing
2003-04-10 05:01:28 PM  
Wal*Mart would sue Drew's ass into the stone age for a Wal*Mart tag.

Canada on the other hand, would actually get a strange sense of honour from recieving a tag. Kind of like when it here's a Canada Reference on the Simpsons. Sure we know we're being made fun of, but at least we're IMPORTANT enough to be singled out and laughed at.
2003-04-10 05:01:45 PM  
AlgertMan: did you read the article? There isn't a problem with the toy guns, there is a problem with the markings on the toy guns to distinguish them from real guns.
2003-04-10 05:01:49 PM  
Guns rewl!
2003-04-10 05:02:29 PM  
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2003-04-10 05:03:09 PM  

2003-04-10 05:03:40 PM  
Toy guns don't kill people. People with toy guns kill people.

(what......they don't?)
2003-04-10 05:05:02 PM  
Very good, AlgertMan! Now here is your cookie:
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Oh no it's all gone! Sucks for you dude!
2003-04-10 05:05:51 PM  
oh no! my cookie, i bet it was those damn Kurds
2003-04-10 05:06:18 PM  
Ahhh....Blatant usage of my favorite word, MORON.

Nothing belittles an ignorant person, than to be called a MORON. Why, it even makes the intellectually superior user of the word MORON even feel better by getting to correctly apply it.

Bama Tide, you are a MORON.

Guns are NOT toys. It is my personal opinion, that NO look alike toy guns should be sold to children, PERIOD! Orange caps, stripes, or whatever.


A Hot Wheels track with a car wash IS a toy.

I don't care what your reasonings, 5, 6, 7 or older children do NOT need toy guns.
2003-04-10 05:07:32 PM  
I wonder why illegal gun manufacturers don't put orange tips on their guns just to screw with the police..hehehe
2003-04-10 05:07:38 PM  
No, I ate the cookie, you didn't deserve it after all.
2003-04-10 05:08:13 PM  
So.....IF, they didn't sell any toy guns, the cops wouldn't have to worry about shooting someone with one now would they?

They would be able to react quicker to a life threatening pulling of a gun, without worrying, "Gee, is that one of those plastic Wal-Mart replicas, without the orange stripes?"
2003-04-10 05:08:23 PM  
You know, if you took a real gun, painted the end orange, and put orange stripes down the side, you probably stack up a pretty good body count before the police got wise to it.
2003-04-10 05:08:57 PM  
ha ha ha...I just painted a real gun orange.
2003-04-10 05:09:21 PM  

Can you channel someone prior to their death?, or did I miss a fark story about her dying of dieting or something.
2003-04-10 05:11:06 PM  
I know what the issue is, but that is not the point of the irony tag. The poster was pointing out the irony in Wal-Mart getting busted for selling illegal toy guns when they have been busted in the past for selling illegal real guns. Also, New York state has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country making this even more ironic.
Irony:Poignantly contrary to what was expected or intended

In other words given NY state's strict gun laws and the history of Wal-Mart being busted for not following those laws it is ironic that they would get busted for selling illegal toy guns.
2003-04-10 05:11:24 PM  
Mystified: that probably wouldn't work unless you killed everyone in sight. As soon as they've got a description of such an offender and the weapon, there wouldn't be much confusion and you'd be down very quickly.

Well, even with that it wouldn't work, because if you fire a real gun with toy-gun markings on it, it would then be come very obvious its not a toy.
2003-04-10 05:11:39 PM  
Ummm, Nostrafarkus, I really doubt it's the 5, 6, and 7 year olds that are really buying the toy guns they play with. ;-)

2003-04-10 05:12:48 PM  
my hippie parents never let me have toy guns when i was a kid.

'course we'd fashion guns out of tofu blocks just to piss em off.
2003-04-10 05:12:56 PM  
Guns are dangerous in the hands of the wrong people, that's true. But considering that they are legal, I think the only sensible thing is to have a large personal arsenol locked up safe. Chances are you, and someday your kids won't ever need a semi-automatic assault rifle with a 30 round bananna clip, but isn't it best to be on the safe side and buy one before its illegal?
2003-04-10 05:14:51 PM  
I think you've had too many of the 7-11 beers. Some may have been "spoiled" causing you to hallucinate. Sit down and breath deeply. As your fat Samoan attorney I recommend going straight to the acid since you are already hallucinating. Perhaps some Jack Daniels to wash it down with.
2003-04-10 05:18:30 PM  
It's still not ironic. Since New York has stricter gun laws, why would it be unexpected for a store to not get in trouble?
2003-04-10 05:19:58 PM  
No, it's not the 5, 6 and 7 year olds buying them, but the well intentioned friends, and relatives at Birthdays. I had to tell all of our family that my children don't play with toy guns.

When my sons scout buddies get together, guess what the first thing they do is? Grab a bunch of plastic guns and run around shooting each other, this is at one of the other parents houses.

Kids have NO business playing with guns period. They should manditorily be given firearms training, and taught gun safety.

Besides, I aren't a moron, you are ;p
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