It’s a program that’s asking children and teens to give-up their toy guns and receive a comic book in return.

A group of community activists will host a toy gun buy-back that will be held on Saturday Dec. 3 at the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland, in response to the tragic police shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Rice was shot and killed by a Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann outside the Cudell Recreation Center on Nov. 22, after he thought Rice was reaching for a real gun.

Rice was carrying an airsoft pistol that shoots plastic pellets, but the gun looked all too real because it had the orange safety cap removed.

The toy gun buy back is being organized by community activist Yvonne Pointer and Rid-All Green Partnership co-founder Damien Forshe.

Pointer explained the program was actually conceived 18 months ago by community leader Fred Ward, who posted a video to his Facebook page showing a two-year-old boy trading his plastic gun for a comic book.

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