On opening the latest sales catalogue/leaflet from Kmart, with the large statement on the cover, announcing, ‘WE LOVE TOYS - YOUR CHRISTMAS GUIDE’, I am horrified to see, not only (what I consider – and yes, I’m a grumpy old woman) mainly ridiculously stupid toys, but am confronted with this truly awful replica machine gun,
‘Elite Demolisher’ ‘2 in 1 blaster’, (suitable for ages 8+),
at the cost of only $49! (‘save $10’).
What are we thinking if we buy such things for our little boys?
A plastic replica machine gun - for our little boys to “play with”!
To “play with”?
Is this a play thing?
This is a gun which, apart from its bright yellow colouring, is made in the image of a (murderous) modern-warfare machine gun.
It is a copy of the guns seen in the shocking vision that appears on the television news almost every night.
Do we really wish for our children to imitate the current carnage that is taking place in the Middle East?
And, for it to be a suggested that it be a most suitable Christmas gift?
Even for those who are not in the least religious, surely there is a little niggling thought about what Christmas is (or was) all about.
Aren’t we are supposed to be giving gifts of “joy and love”:?
I don’t think it’s about ‘elite demolishers’, with ‘2 in 1 blaster capabilities’ to be used on friends.
Or am I the odd one out?
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