toy burning

A group visited Cleveland for an event that they hope will help send a message to legislators about the dangers of toy guns.

In memory of Tamir Rice, the Outcast Voters League hosted a ceremonial toy gun smash and burn at the Cudell Recreation Center on Sunday.

The organization’s president, Frank Matthews, calls for the end of toy gun sales in a multi-city push to end tragic incidents, like the deaths of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and 22-year-old John Crawford, Jr.

“Twice in a six-week period, we have seen police gun down young people holding toy guns,” Matthews said. “The Outcast Voters League calls on parents to get rid of these toys. We call on toy manufacturers to quit making toys that look like real guns. We are losing our children to countless acts of injustice.”

Matthews says fake guns led to his life of crime and he believes they are just as dangerous as real guns.

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