NEWTON, Kan. (KSNW) – The Newton Police Department released a video Thursday sending a message to parents and children to treat toy or air soft guns like the real thing.
According to the department, they encountered a close call involving a 13-year-old boy and his “toy” gun. Officers were sent to a disturbance call when someone reported the boy was holding what was believed to be a rifle.
Thankfully the boy’s mother called and notified them that her son was holding a “toy” gun and the situation was resolved without incident.
In the video, the department placed a real rifle and the “toy” rifle side-by-side and simply asked, “Which is the real gun? Are you willing to bet your life on it?”
The video went on to urge parents to have a conversation with their kids and noted that working together can help prevent tragedies.
Watch the entire video below.