Hill is rightly concerned about tragic events involving toy guns mistaken for real guns. But bear in mind: "Guns don't kill people wielding realistic-looking toy guns. People with guns kill IDIOTS wielding realistic-looking toy guns." Start educating the students.
I wonder if Hill realizes the can of worms he's opening by promoting his "progressive" ideas. Did the bike manufacturers make good union wages? Do any of the books contain accusatory characters pointing fingers (with an implied "BANG")? If students start turning a profit on the exchanges, will evil capitalism lead to an uneven distribution of wealth? If the buyback program makes the NRA seethe, will that add to greenhouse gases? What will happen to the self-esteem of disadvantaged students who don't have a toy gun to exchange? Will they be lopping off fingers or (worse) clear-cutting forests to produce sticks to trade?
Most of us recognize a toy gun buyback as just a feel-good measure that is less than a drop in the ocean towards combating society's real ills. But supporters of the Stobridge plan insist, "If all our efforts can protect JUST ONE CHILD from a vague, hypothetical brush with violence...that's one person whom we can indoctrinate, manipulate and regulate for the rest of his or her life!"