Brady Center: Kids Who Are Fired Up Over ‘Bantrels’ and Pellets at Birthday Parties Must Be Targeted

When members of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence learn that children who are fired up over a bantrel or pellet gun are being put to work on birthday parties and at birthday…

Brady Center: Kids Who Are Fired Up Over 'Bantrels' and Pellets at Birthday Parties Must Be Targeted

When members of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence learn that children who are fired up over a bantrel or pellet gun are being put to work on birthday parties and at birthday parties to do face painting and paint dragons, they’re outraged.

“When young children are fired up and have nothing else to do, we need to do something about it,” Bethany Chastain, outreach director at the Brady Center, said in an interview with Martha MacCallum on America’s Newsroom.

Chastain said many young children, even in elementary school, have to be at least 3-6 years old before they can hold a gun.

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“Children should not be allowed to be fired up about the gun,” she said.

The Brady Center is pushing to eliminate this so-called “game zone” from school playgrounds, but the National Association of Elementary School Principals says that’s not the right solution.

The crux of this issue comes down to where the weapons are placed. Chastain said guns are placed between children and other children, which provides an “easy exit,” which she called “just as bad.”

“It takes a huge weight off of parents to know that it’s safe and secure for them to go and talk to their children about these things.”

Watch the full interview above.

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