Toy guns send wrong signal

The article speaks of the need for children to rely on "parents, neighbors, and community institutions for their protection and love." Yet the photo shows gun-toting children walking across the playground.

What's the message? Are we to protect ourselves with a multitude of violent means, or are we to rely on family and community for protection and support? A violent photograph used to illustrate the goals of a hope-filled organization sends mixed signals. Marjorie T. Blubaugh, Hickory, N.C.

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