Newark Mayor Cory Booker Hosts City’s First Toy Gun Exchange

Eunice Lee, NJ, August 22, 2011

Mayor Cory Booker wants even the youngest residents of his city to lay down their arms–their toy arms, that is. So today, kids lined up and traded up.

Eric Maxwell, 7, handed over his water gun for a shiny remote control car.

Troy Walker, 10, swapped a plastic pistol for a hockey stick and puck.


In a city riddled with gun violence, Newark officials and the anti-violence group Stop Shootin’ Music hosted the city’s first toy gun exchange today.

Booker said the nearby gunfire was from a man accidentally shooting and injuring himself, and that the fact it took place near a children’s toy gun exchange illustrated just how important such initiatives had become to curbing the cycle of violence.


“If you give kids guns, guess what they’re going to do? They’re going to shoot it,” said Peter Langman, a psychologist in Allentown, Pa., and author of “Why Kids Kill: Inside the Mind of School Shooters.”

“However, linking that to behavior when they’re 15 or 25 is very difficult,” he said.

Booker acknowledged there is no evidence linking childhood gun play to violent behavior later. “I don’t think it’s going to solve the problem in a direct way . . . it’s a rallying cry.”




Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.

21 Responses to “Newark Mayor Cory Booker Hosts City’s First Toy Gun Exchange” Subscribe

  1. Bandmo August 24, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    Eric Maxwell, 7, handed over his water gun for a shiny remote control car.

    Just how will precious little Eric (yeah, I really believe that is his real name)get the batteries for that shiny remote controlled car?

  2. OBSERVER August 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    Can any group be more stupid than this?

    But, the more Africans that give up ANY gun, the safer us whites might be.

  3. Anonymous August 24, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    Are they going to do the same with rocks, bricks, sticks, pipes and etc???

  4. Tim Mc Hugh August 24, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    There is/was a great 50`s film noir classic called Gun Crazy. It`s about a boy whose almost sexual fascination with guns leads him to hook up later with a lady trick shot artist. They then go on a crime spree leading to their destruction. The one scene that made an impression on me is when as a boy he brings his gun to school. The Miss Grundy like teacher holds her hand out and demands he surrender it. He replies, “It`s mine and mine alone. I bought it and you can`t make me give it to you!” I remember sitting in my chair thinking, “You got that right and at an early age too!” Peggy Cummings is sooo hot in it it`s like staring at the sun.

  5. sbuffalonative August 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    There are few black leaders who will stand up to the messages in rap ‘music’. Anger, hatred, victimization, and more implanted in the minds of black teens. While I don’t cite rap as THE source of black pathology, it certainly does more to promote black dysfunction than toy guns.

    Toy guns? These people are boxing the wind.

  6. BO_Bill August 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    An armed white community is safer than an unarmed white community. An armed black community is more dangerous than an unarmed black community. This is because white people have evolved for centuries in the presence of gunpowder, and black people in general have not yet been exposed to the different evolutionary pressures that gunpowder creates.

    Gunpowder puts an evolutionary premium on level-headedness, and deemphasizes bodily strength. None of this has anything to do with squirt-guns however. This mayor does not seem to be too smart.

  7. Question Diversity August 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    Eric Maxwell, 7, handed over his water gun for a shiny remote control car. Troy Walker, 10, swapped a plastic pistol for a hockey stick and puck.

    Ironically, I bet young Messrs. Maxwell and Walker will do more real damage to more real people and/or property with their remote control car and hockey stick and puck than they would have with their toy guns.

    Booker acknowledged there is no evidence linking childhood gun play to violent behavior later.

    Then why do it? Maybe it’s close to election time and you need some good publicity?

    As an aside, speaking real gun buybacks, law enforcement agencies obviously are allowed to do it, because they can handle firearms. But John Lott had an interesting piece on his blog a few days ago — A lot of “churches” (read: black churches) like to do private buybacks. Libs like to whine about the non-existent “gun show loophole” where (in theory) convicted felons might be able to come buy a gun w/o a background check. But the black church gun buybacks might be a real loophole, because sure as the sun rises, some convicted felon is handling a “bought back” gun along the way. Too, the church might need a Federal Firearms License in order to “buy back” these guns, and you know they don’t. You also know Obama/Holder’s ATF/DOJ won’t bother them, because black churches are a major Democrat Party power base.

  8. Lucas August 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    There have been toy guns ever since there have been real ones. i grew up in poverty and I had a toy gun. Oddly enough the toy gun never posesssed me nor made me commit crimes.

    It is a lack of parenting that causes crime (except in the case of pyschopaths”.

    But the governemnt is not blaming the parents or the culture. They are instead stepping in with wild theories and trying to act as the surrogate parents. And all at the taxpayers’ expense.

  9. HH August 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    This is breathtakingly stupid, even by Ghetto/Black standards!! Talk about symbolic nonsense…

  10. (AWG) Average White Guy August 24, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    What if we were to exchange black Americans for White South Africans?

    Voluntarily, of course.

  11. Anonymous August 24, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Cheap non-violent toy guns traded for more expensive toys. Who is paying for this (county taxpayers), and what do you think the result will be (nada)?

    Expect the kids to buy cheap squirt guns and trade up to a fine toy. Needless to say no follow up study will be done to see if it was effective in preventing gun crime as they age, and whether they went out and bought a new squirt gun directly after trading in the first. This is beyond stupid. This is an example of magical thinking.

  12. Bill R August 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    All we kids in the 50’s had cap guns and BB guns. Some pretty realistic looking too.

    All we kids played cowboys and indians and cops and robbers. Funny thing is, we never had a school shooting. We never took our gun and tried to hold up a store. By a factor of 99.9 percent, none of us ever shot anybody in our entire lifetimes from then to now.

    So what changed? The demographics changed. More blacks. Tons more hispanics.

    And a liberal program of telling blacks and hispanics that they are entitled to whatever they want, that they are “oppressed”, and removing all of the 1950’s sensible restrictions that had been placed on them to keep them lawful and working. So the idiot in Allentown near where I grew up says it’s cap guns and exposure to them that causes gun crime today? Bull crap. And the black mayor thinks buying back water pistols and cap guns is going to change a thing? A prime example proving nearly all blacks are retarded. The ONLY thing that will change this country back to how it used to be is to put back the restrictions we used to have on the violence prone, criminally minded ethnic minorities: closed borders, tight restrictions, and Jim Crow laws. Period.

  13. Anonymous August 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    “Eric Maxwell, 7, handed over his water gun for a shiny remote control car.”

    So, if you follow the rationale that children playing with toy guns will cause later violence, then rest assured that little “Eric” will someday be a car thief.

  14. ex-Indianapolis August 24, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    My neighbors kids have one of those Barbie Jeeps that are built for children under 60 lbs. I see these girls going up and down the sidewalk from time to time. If we lived in Newark, would they have a Barbie Jeep buyback program to cut down on practice car jackings? How about Louisville Slugger and/or kitchen knife buybacks?

  15. White woman August 24, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    “Booker acknowledged there is no evidence linking childhood gun play to violent behavior later.”


    Good thing that. Otherwise my three sisters and I would all be female desperadoes–we played with toy guns from the time I can remember–water pistols, cap guns (remember those? with the roll of paper with holes and a bit of sulpher or whatever it was that would make a flash and a bang when the hammer fell?) up to and including BB guns.

    Well, now in our 50’s none of us has ever shot anyone or even threatened to.

  16. RegvlvsSeradly August 25, 2011 at 2:24 am #

    Living near this, I have not the foggiest idea how “the NWK” could even have the funds for a real gun exchange. Hell, there is probably as many welfare offices in that city as there are businesses.

    “If you give kids guns, guess what they’re going to do? They’re going to shoot it,”

    Ok, but for a strange reason white kids have a good record of NOT shooting guns at other people intending to kill them!

  17. Anonymous August 25, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    In response to post 6:

    it has nothing to do with evolution or the gun….the African has shown amazing ability with a machete.The gun is the weapon. If they did not have a gun an spear, rock,bottle knife,brick, fist etc will quickly suffice. It is the unbridled passion in sex, violence,laughter,etc.

  18. crusader August 25, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    We have witnessed the politicization of the Super Soaker!

  19. Mr.White August 25, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    They should’ve asked them for their real guns…..

  20. Michael C. Scott August 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    I played with toy guns as a child, and I must confess that it has had a lasting effect on me. Today I used an air rifle to shoot a rabbit that was raiding my vegetable garden. I have skinned and cleaned him, and he is currently marinating in Worcestireshire sauce, crushed garlic and cracked pepper. We are going to grill the little garden thief on the hibachi this evening and eat him with cold beer, mustard potato salad, and a nice salad made from the same fresh garden vegetables he was unable to ruin.

    That said, a “toy gun exchange” is one of the most ludicrous displays of “form over substance” by blacks that I’ve read in eight years of regularly reading AmRen. Only in Newark, and only with Corey Booker presiding!

    What’s next? A “fake drugs” buyback, where the city pays crack, heroin and marijuana street prices to people turning in baking soda, powdered sugar and oregano?

  21. Ed September 1, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Eric Maxwell, 7, handed over his water gun for a shiny remote control car. Troy Walker, 10, swapped a plastic pistol for a hockey stick and puck.

    Cmon you know they will be future hockey players and NASCAR driver because of the caring of the liberal.