Self-important Santa gives lectures to kids who ask for toy or real guns
posted at 8:13 pm on December 21, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham
I can’t wait to see a friendly WaPo write-up on a Santa who lectures little girls who want Tonka trucks and Transformers about how they can only have toys that adhere to traditional gender roles. Political Santas who frown upon your toy choices are great!
Every year, the children ask Santa for dolls, cars, games and puppies. They also ask for guns. Nerf guns, pistols, air rifles, shotguns. Even assault weapons.
And that breaks this 82-year-old Santa’s heart, especially this year…
“You might get a gun from your father or your mother or grandfather, but you won’t get one from me,” he tells kids who request weapons, either real or make-believe, at the Fairfax County nursery. “Guns were put on this earth to take the life of a bird, an animal or a person. Guns were designed to make people cry, to make people die. Now, take a candy and a holy card.”
“But let’s just say that some parents don’t agree with his quiet speech about weapons,” the article goes on to say. You think? The columnist didn’t bother talking to any of those parents or even giving voice to their concerns through Santa’s tales of their objections. They’re left as anonymous, likely ignorant, possibly monstrous figures whom the writer and Santa quietly pity while he whispers about death to 4-year-olds who ask for Nerf shooters.
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