BRONX, NY -- According to a recent article in the New York Daily News, parents in the Bronx are looking askance at tiny toy firearms frequently sold in bulk vending machines. The toys, parents say, set a bad example for kids in this crime-prone section of New York City.
With the number of shooting victims and felony assaults are up 34.5% and 2.3%, respectively, in 2011, the tiny toy guns are drawing the ire of tabloid journalists and parents.
"They only cost 50 cents and are advertised as Heavy Fire," one headline reads.
The bulk vending machines in local store featured in the paper's story, located in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, are operated by Sugar Daddies Vending of New York City. "Come on, bro. Come on, bro," the bulk vendor told the paper." They are just little toys. They are harmless."
NY Daily News readers commenting on the story seem to agree with the vending operator's position. "[Parents] worry about toy guns, but think nothing about buying the kid a violent, war-loving videogame where people are blown away by the second... You kidding me?" reads one post. | SEE COMMENTS