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.

DE January 04, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Absolutely extreme. We need to teach responsibility to children not banning toys. Do we ban BB guns from Cub Scouts, too? Boys can make guns out of sticks and play with them.
Barbara Evangelista January 04, 2013 at 02:17 PM
I'm impressed that Market Basket acted on it so fast. I'm not sure it really is necessary to remove them, but why put fake weapons in children's hands in the first place? As DE points out, kids will pretend anything is a weapon. No need to give them anything that looks real. I doubt the weapon toys are going to affect their future behavior but it's a slippery slope and these are just one more thing pushing kids down it. My personal frustration as a parent is the sheer boatload of marketing we constantly have to navigate -- bad toys, bad foods, bad computer games. Our society is literally controlled by corporations; it's completely out of hand.
Doug Shepherd January 04, 2013 at 02:26 PM
I think it's a knee jerk reaction. Children are going to use anything as a gun, from a finger to a stick. If you talk to you child about guns and tell them about the respect they need for them, there shouldn't be an issue. Parents don't parent anymore and put that responsibility on teachers, daycare providers or for crying out loud even baby sitters. Kids aren't a trophy and didn't come with a manual , you need to PARENT!
Dan D. January 04, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Taking toy guns off the shelves will save thousands of lives, for sure. Silliness reigns. The only thing this does is take some sales away from someone for no reason at all.
William Lohman January 05, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Maybe thy can put little sex toys in there or a quarter and that would be ok? I would rather see a plastic boner than a plastic gun or explosive device
Anna Bucciarelli January 05, 2013 at 01:54 PM
All good points ... all well said, especially Barbara ... I agree whole heartedly with your comment. William Lohman ... think before you comment.
Sunny January 05, 2013 at 07:02 PM
My brothers never played with toy guns at our house or their friends' houses. A kid at their middle school shot and killed his friend while playing "cops and robbers" with his father's gun. My husband talks about playing with bows and arrows with his sister and his description illustrates aggressive behavior, similiar to the behavior my parents didn't allowed with my brothers. Gifts of gun-related games were given back. There was some type of sport taking place in the neighborhood. Never see that happening in Chelmsford. Only time one see a neighbor is when they are walking dog. Each broither has coached youth sports and worked with youth groups. I was shocked in 1990s knowing that Kmart sold guns and bullets. I wish that those machines were all gone but I'm very happy that plastic guns are gone.
Sunny January 05, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Did anyone watch CSI-NY where 3-D copier was used to make prototype of gun that could shoot real bullets? Second bullet did kill person but the gun bursts into pieces. I previously seen a workable 3-D wrench prototype. Should this been shown on TV? Guns sold at Kmart? Ban necessary?
Jean-Luc Picard January 05, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Common sense and logic left the building a long time ago. Hopefully, the pendulum will swing back someday.
Eagle! January 06, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Yes plastic grenades have influenced many deaths...what a bunch stupid idiots in this country...they had guns in the 1800's and the 1900's, and that didn't cause mass shootings, so maybe there are other influences. I also love the Hollywood commercial calling for gun bans from actors that are in movies that have them shooting guns and other violent acts.
Joe January 06, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Maybe a condom vending machine can replace it so the kids can 'make love not war'just like we did in the 1960s,
Tyler Jozefowicz January 06, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Great idea. Hope toy stores follow the example. I dumped three plastic cap guns in the garbage where they bolong. This is the same thing as selling candy cigarettes to ids . You want to set an example , parents , dump the toy guns in your home. it sends a message to the kids. It was an infatuation with guns down in Newtown Ct., thatset the stage for a gun collection and a multiple gun massacre. Please don't come back and say people kill not guins, the usual NRA rant. the truth- people WITH guns kill.
Anna Bucciarelli January 06, 2013 at 03:14 PM
I don't like toy guns, etc., any more than anyone, but I do strongly remember my bro sitting on our LR rug with troops of WW11 soldiers and tanks, fighting wars, and tons of cowboys and "Indians" battling, and guess what ... he is one of the most upstanding and contributing individual in his community, has never owned a gun, and has raised 3 sons with utmost attention and care to become highly effective individuals as well. So, I guess I'm asking, is it the toy gun or is it the upbringing? Again, be assured I do not subscribe to toy weapons of any kind ... just asking.
RSteffero February 15, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Going to remove pit bull calenders too? In case those photos want to bite someone? While we're at it, why not remove every box of cake mix, brownie mix and cookie dough to keep our kids from getting fat. We all know it's inanimate objects that hurt our "children." With people who have genius ideas like this, who needs parenting or education or self discipline?
Vincent DiRico February 15, 2013 at 03:44 PM
"I dumped three plastic cap guns in the garbage where they bolong." -> recycle police are at the door!
Vincent DiRico February 15, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Not sure how I missed this Anna, the "war" on toy guns is just PC/liberal puke, boys need the opportunity to be boys! Have you seen/noticed the newest "war" on football?
Vincent DiRico February 15, 2013 at 03:51 PM
This is MA, liberal wacko BLUE, Mini-Me will like your ideas, shhhh!
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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