These are not toys.

I was at a movie theater recently and took a look at the toy dispensers. These are the ones that you put in a quarter (or three), turn the knob, and a plastic ball comes out with a toy inside.

The usual things were there – bouncy balls, cheap rings, stickers – and then there were these.


Here’s a closer shot.

Grenades. Army tanks. Jet fighters.

But wait – there’s more. There were two machines with questionable stock.


and closer-


Handcuffs and grenades.

These are marketed to children? These are supposed to be toys?

And we wonder why our children are violent.

We reap what we sow. We must be more mindful of what we teach our children to admire. If we give them weapons for toys, what will the harvest be? Who will they become?