Tonight with Lester Podcast

Don't buy toy guns


Guest : Suleiman Henry

It's been a firm favourite amongst boys for many generations, toy guns as presents but
there has been a call made to end this, according to the 2019 national crime statistics
guns were the leading cause of murder in South Africa (47% of murders in 2018/19 were
from gunshots ) Sonke Gender Justice and Gun free SA have started a campaign "Don’t
Groom For Violence! which encourages parents to not purchase toy guns, According to
Suleiman Henry senior trainer at Sonke Gender Justice, “Toys are an instrument of
socialization, every toy given to a child carries the message that we approve of that toy.
When we buy toys that imitate real weapons, children are encouraged to play at
violence, so normalising violence. Instead of being socialised into violence, boys should
be encouraged to embrace their caring side. We want to raise boys that say no to
violence, who are considerate fathers and supportive partners.”

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