COLUMBUS – Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement, calling on parents and guardians to destroy toy guns that closely resemble actual guns. The death of 13 year-old Tyre King in Columbus is the most recent episode of a fatal police shooting of a juvenile who was carrying a realistic imitation firearm. In each instance, police stated they believed the child had a real gun.
“Although we may have different opinions about this recent tragedy, I think we can all agree that realistic toy guns make many situations worse. I am making a plea for parents and guardians to throw away children’s toys that resemble real weapons. Once again an Ohio child has been shot and killed by a police officer who says they believed the child posed a legitimate threat. Children do not understand the danger these imitation weapons pose.
“I am not commenting on whether the shooting was justified, as we do not have all of the facts. However, I do know we have lost too many children in Ohio and in the nation to this type of senseless, avoidable tragedy.”