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Letter to the editor

Toy guns and the fair

To the editor: I would like to recognize and thank the new management of the Tanana Valley State Fair for their prompt and polite response to recent community concerns. A vendor had toy plastic assault rifles on display at the fair, where there is a no toy gun policy. Concerned community members called to point out this disturbing situation, and the fair management dealt with the situation immediately, as they were unaware of the vendor’s display.

In lieu of recent national shootings that involved assault rifles and multiple deaths, there is valid concern among Fairbanks community members about gun safety. While this vendor might not have known about the fair’s policy, it still pains me to think that anyone would want their children to pretend play with toy assault rifles.

Gun safety starts at home. Guns should never be a joke or a toy. Children should be taught that guns can kill people and that even toy guns can be scary to some people. Guns should be locked away unloaded with ammunition separate whenever there are children or teenagers in a house or visiting a house.

Thank you to the new fair management for listening to Fairbanks community concerns and for addressing the concerns professionally and promptly. Thank you for not allowing toy guns at the fair. Maybe at the next fair there could be a vendor who is allowed to be there, free of charge, to display gun safety information for everyone.

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