Not only is gun ownership in New York City strictly regulated, the ownership of toy guns is pretty much a no-no too. Why?
Because there's been too many instances of small children playing with toy guns and policemen accidentally shooting them when they thought their lives were threatened. Fortunately, most parents are now smart enough around here not to consider buying their six-year-old a plastic toy Glock for Christmas.
Which means that now the only people you see with toy guns are criminals who are too poor or too stupid to buy a real one on the black market. Stupid? Why stupid, you ask. Well, check out these three rocket scientists who tried to rob a Brooklyn man's home at 2 a.m., carrying only fake guns.
Guess what? The retired schoolteacher had a gun. And it wasn't an FAO Schwartz model. So he managed to severely wound one of the thugs while the other two fled.
My favorite part of the story -- other than the criminals getting clipped -- was the quote from a police official about how authentic the fake guns looked:
"If someone pointed them at you, you would light them up too."