Toy guns send wrong signal

The article "National Black Group Organizes to Identify Programs That Work," March 29, states: "Every six hours a black child dies from a gunshot wound." What do we see in the accompanying photograph? Three young black children carrying toy guns.

The key to turning this problem around is education. Parents, teachers, county workers, and police officers on the beat all need to wipe out the old idea that it's "only normal" for little boys to play with guns. Not to be able to live long enough to grow up is far from normal. Carolyn Hill, Citrus Heights, Calif.

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