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California school urges students to hand over their toy guns

By Mason White 7:02 AM June 11, 2013
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By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) A California school held a gun exchange program but not for real guns.

The school held a toy gun exchange program where students handing over their toys enter a chance to win a prize, according to school officials in California.

The event at the California school was held Saturday.
In exchange for colorful toy firearms, Strobridge Elementary School students received books and a chance to win a new bike.
Strobridge director, Charles Hill, said Castro Valley school welcomed the exchange because it believes that playing with toy guns increases the likelihood of children using real guns when they grow up.

A Hayward police officer was also at the event to teach gun and bicycle safety, and the Alameda County Fire Department had a crew to discuss fire safety.

However, gun rights advocates questioned the school’s position on guns.

“True, that some guns are used in a criminal manner, but most are used in defensive ways that prevent violent crime from occurring in the first place,” Yih-Chau Chang, a spokesperson for Responsible Citizens of California said.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view