Market Basket Removes Toy Guns and Grenades From Westford Store

What are your thoughts?


During the holiday season, one Westford Patch reader pointed out to us that near the entrance of the old Market Basket at Westford Valley Marketplace was selling what appeared to be "toy" grenades and guns marketed toward children.

We reached out to Market Basket representatives for comment, and they replied the machine would be removed, which it was (see attached photo for comparison between Dec. 26 on the left and Jan. 2 on the right).

Do you applaud Market Basket for this move? Is it political correctness gone too far? How much of a role did the Sandy Hook tragedy play in this, and other instances where Westford residents face guns and weapons?

There are many questions, and today we want to ask for your thoughts.

And if you see something in town you'd like us to check out, please e-mail the editor at andrew.sylvia@patch.com. We can't promise anything, but we'll do our best to get to the bottom of your question.

Sunny February 15, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Explain to me why someone would buy a gun from a retail store and shot himself in his own house. Police ruled it as suicide. I don't know if he had a gun license but people who knew, both personally and professionally, did not know of gun, any threats to him, or mental problems. My friend from Florida mention him in an email.
Anna Bucciarelli February 15, 2013 at 08:04 PM
You made very good points ... let's just remove all junk food, all sugary drinks, ban all games and certainly all music and sitcoms with "inappropriate" language. Let's all raise a race of zombies. I don't know anymore what's right or wrong but I do think kids will be kids and there ain't no stoppin' it. Back in the day boys on the street where I lived built guns out of wood blocks with rubber bands and shot small pieces of linolium ... It was during WWII, and they played American soldiers ... it was a game, nothing more, and they had patriotic fun as well, no one ever got hurt. I don't know what's right or wrong here, I feel funny thinking about toy guns but I think it just may be harmless in the end ... I really don't know anymore. Times have changed and people have changed so I really am not one to speak logically about this issue. That said, I am happy that MB listened ... shows a willingness to consider what customers want ... just not sure if it was really the right thing in the long run. How can we ever really know?
Vincent DiRico February 16, 2013 at 01:46 AM
If one of the toy guns shot someone then you win, if not then let me show you my shocked face :O
Steven Sadowski March 05, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Here are 4 stories plucked from today’s headlines. Of course you’ll never read these stories in the mainstream media because it goes against the “guns kill people” meme, but they illustrate the nonsense coming from the statist side of the argument. The 1st story comes to us from Maryland where a 7-year old boy was suspended from school for chewing a pop tart into the shape of a gun. Now there is counseling available: http://reason.com/blog/2013/03/05/school-offers-counseling-to-kids-trouble The 2nd story comes to us from Florida where a 16-year old student was suspended by wrestling a loaded gun away from a fellow student on the bus. Why? Because it violated the zero-tolerance policy on fighting. http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/03/05/high-school-student-wrestles-gun-away-from-classmate-and-gets-suspended-for-it/ The 3rd story comes to us---and not from the Onion—about a man who probably got one of those toy guns from Tyler’s garbage bin and tried to use it in a robbery…and got shot by a real gun. Darwin always wins. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/04/robber-attempts-to-hold-up-bank-with-plastic-gun-gets-shot-in-the-face-with-a-very-real-357-magnum/
Steven Sadowski March 05, 2013 at 06:17 PM
The last story is the most disturbing of all, to me anyway. The reason being is that it doesn’t take an idiot to figure out exactly what’s going on here with all this paranoia regarding our kids and guns. The “plan” for lack of a better term, is not to just teach our kids to make appropriate choices regarding violence and solution making skills, but I do believe there is move afoot to actually make our kids afraid of guns, disgusted by them, and therefore indoctrinate them to be pacifists. The result, I’m afraid is a populace so pacified, and so indifferent that they are unable through physical means to defend themselves, or anyone else from harm; making us solely dependent upon the govt. for our safety, and therefore neutering us. Watch as all these New Yorkers, after decades of gun legislation and nanny-state indoctrination either cannot do anything, or simply walk away, too afraid to get involved. This is where we’re headed Westford. Wake up! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qo6Jzh7SHRA


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