I went to a rodeo in Eastern Washington over the weekend. A vendor was selling lots and lots of these plastic guns to kids—mostly to 8 and 9-year olds. The "NOTICE" sticker on the box isn't a warning or anything. It simply states the soft bullets aren't included. Without the bullets, the gun, which runs on three "AA" batteries, just makes this really creepy "Atta-Tat-Tat-Tat-Tat-Tat-Tat!" sound.

Maybe in a world that includes bus driver shootings, this isn't the BEST idea anyone ever had? Or maybe a squirt gun is plenty-fun?

  • Kelly O

  • Kelly O

When I was just a baby, my mama told me, son,
Always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns.
But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.
When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry...
Johnny Cash, "Folsom Prison Blues"