Recent developments in design, speed and appearance of NERF guns have made kids crazy for them as they perfectly imitate a real battlefield. These dart blasters were introduced for entertainment and light-hearted fun, but now the latest NERF gun models the have crossed all boundaries.
Over the last few years, some unpleasant news about NERF guns has shown up in the media that have been thought-provoking, raising questions on the acceptance of a NERF gun as a toy for your kid.
Some kids holding NERF guns were shot by police, as they were mistaken of holding real weapons. Whenever we buy toys, machines or gadgets, there are always some precautions and warnings attached to them. These warnings are not to be ignored, as they are there for our own safety.
Similarly, NERF guns come with precautions and warnings, but people sometimes don’t pay attention to those warnings, and as a result may have to face the consequences.
In this article, we will share with you real nerf gun incidents that became part of the news and are available on the internet. Our intention with sharing such unfortunate news is to highlight the importance of heeding the precautions and warnings attached with any toy – especially one that can be and has been confused with a firearm by police.
Published on August 8, 2014.
In the state of Ohio, a young father named Crawford was shot dead by police at a Wal-Mart store. He had bought a toy gun from the store and was simply holding it. While he was holding it and walking, a couple saw him and called the police. According to them, he was pointing the gun in the air. The police came and killed him at once. According to the victim’s girlfriend, he was not even given a chance to surrender or put down the gun. The victim’s girlfriend Lee Cee Johnson said:
“We were just talking. He said he was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were. And the next thing I know, he said, ‘It’s not real,’ and the police started shooting and they said, ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him, and I could hear him just crying and screaming. I felt like they shot him down like he was not even human.”
She therefore considered policemen to be held accountable for this brutal act.
Fake guns caused panic at elementary school.
Police received a call from inside a Bronx elementary school in New York City regarding a group of students who were armed but when police arrived, they turned out to be simple NERF guns. The confusion was raised when a school employee heard a boy telling his friend that he was holding a gun. The employee immediately reported it to administrator who called the police.
A 13-year boy shot dead by police. Published on October 25, 2013.
A 13 year old boy named Andy Lopez was shot dead by a police officer while he was holding a toy gun. The boy was shot at 7 places: the chest, the wrist, left bicep, the right forearm, the right buttocks and the hip. The police department claims that they are still investigating as to why the officer shot him in 7 distinct locations. He said that he shouted twice and asked the boy to put down the weapon but Lopez did not listen instead turned the gun was towards the officer. He asserted that the toy gun looked like an AK-47.
There are even more news articles regarding NERF guns available on the internet. Below is gist of some of these:
Nerf 2016 lineup revealed
In fall 2016, some unbelievably cool toy blasters are being released. These new arrivals are listed as:
- NERF Rival Khaos MXVI-4000
- NERF Mega Mastodon
- NERF N-Strike Modulus Tri-Strike Blaster
- NERF N-Strike Elite Hyper-Fire Blaster
Weaponized NERF Blaster
A slingshot scientist going by the online name “JoergSprave” shared with whole world how to weaponize a NERF gun. In order to accomplish this, he inserted a small sharp metallic blade into the soft plastic part of the NERF dart, leaving a protruding edge to penetrate the surface upon contact.
JoergSprave has a reputation for converting simple objects into dangerous weapons. This video is available on the internet, but it is advised not to try this at home, as it could lead to serious injuries.
Introducing a New NERF Blaster
A new super heavy and massive blaster, the NERF Rival Khaos, has been introduced. Capable of blasting balls at the speed of 68m/h, the Rival Khaos features ammunition made from squishy NERF material that are safe for use. The soft balls spring back after colliding with a surface. According to the news, parents need not worry if they buy this blaster for their kids, as while it may fire like a paintball gun it’s fairly safe – the only issue is its high price.
Nerf Elite Split Strike
This new blaster is capable of splitting into two blasters at a single push of button. To facilitate that, the blaster has two separate primary rods, there are two triggers, and even two AR systems to control firing power. It is the only NERF blaster that offers such a dual-wield feature.
The real pleasure of playing with NERF guns comes with following the included instructions carefully. NERF guns are plainly not for children under 8, and making any modifications to your dart blasters is strongly ill-advised. Avoid accidents and injuries by complying with the instructions that come with your dart blaster at all times.