Baltimore Kids Get ‘Prizes’ in Exchange for Surrendering Toy Guns
Baltimore kids who surrender toy guns receive “prizes” from “Peace Camp” volunteers.
“Peace Camp” is a project of By Peaceful Means, an organization founded a decade ago by Ralph E. Moore, Jr. and Nawal Rajeh, a former literacy camp volunteer. Rajeh “persuaded Moore to launch a summer peace camp…after she watched a fight break out between two third-grade girls on a day that coincided with the anniversary of the Iraq War.”
According to The Baltimore Sun, Moore compared taking toy guns to taking candy cigarettes by saying the candy cigarettes were “orienting kids to smoking. I think toy guns, in many ways, are doing the same thing.” He said, “The replica guns are what’s dangerous.”
Kids who handed over their toys were given a prize and their guns placed into an art project that featured a mosaic of “a brightly colored hand flashing a peace sign, surrounded by surrendered toy guns.” The mosaic “will be displayed in part to honor Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy shot and killed by Cleveland police in 2014 while playing with a toy gun at a community center.”
The Sun reported that 6-year-old Sebastian Taylor “surrendered his two least favorite toy guns in exchange for a ball for his older brother, Eli, and a set of walkie-talkies for himself.”