“toys guns of yesteryear were red, blue and whatever… no ligitimate [sic] reason to risk anyones life.”
Said one disgruntled parent.
The post originally had the above picture as being the Wii Zapper and as you can see it does look alot like a handgun (they changed it when their mistake was pointed out.) However the actual Zapper looks about as much like a gun as a banana does. Hyperbole, ignorance and misinformation abound in the article, with parents worried that the Zapper will train their kids to kill, and one grandparent saying:
“….Why don’t they enclose an application to the NRA in every box as well….the marketing person who came up with this brain child of an idea should be fired.”
Guns and games have been bedfellows for ages. From Operation Wolf’s arcade cabinet with attached Uzis to the GCon guns for the PS2 and all the games that go with them, the light gun has been an integral part of gaming culture since Duck Hunt. Thankfully there are people out there who appreciate this, and are capable of making the distinction between reality and fantasy:
“….I really hope that those people out there who believe that a gun-shaped remote will turn every kid that touches one into a homicidal maniac, don’t ruin the fun for us Wii-playing adults who can handle the reality. I grew up with toy guns and also shot a rifle in the sixth grade and never killed anyone….If you don’t think it’s a good idea, then please, feel free to exercise your right to protest by not purchasing the product…..”
Another heartening thing is the number of comments on the piece from readers, upbraiding the editor and writer for stirring up a storm in a teacup. To many people it seems this is a non-issue, as it should be, and the real issues are the increasing reluctance of parents to take responsibility for the upbringing of their children. The Wii Zapper will never prepare your child for a shooting spree, the differences between it and real guns are far too great, though it seems the MSM still can’t let the whole “games are evil” idea go.