Missouri State University Considers Banning Nerf Guns

Elementary, middle and high schools have already banned Nerf guns. And anything else that could arguably resemble the vague shape of a self-defense tool like a gun or a knife. They catch you with an imaginary bow and arrow, and you could get suspended for “making threats of violence.” Your school record could be tainted permanently with your “criminal history.”

We’re talking about a university here. You know, where young adults go. And yes, we are also talking about Nerf guns. I guess some kids, namely boys, never really grow up.

Apparently, a group of college kids at Missouri State University get together and play “Humans vs. Zombies,” where people “turn into” zombies when they’re tagged, and the “humans” can defend themselves from the zombies with Nerf guns. News-Leader reported:

While Humans. vs. Zombies isn’t played inside, it is played at all hours of the day. Experienced humans know that even short walks between buildings — even at midnight — shouldn’t be undertaken without the protection of bright-colored foam-based weaponry. (Or socks, but who would choose socks?)

“You could be going from late night (dining) to your dorm, and there could be zombies,” said Chris Marfoglio, a junior theater major and the society’s logistics officer.

In October, they had about 500 students participate. For the spring game that they’re planning, they’re expecting about 1,000 participants.

During their October game, one “concerned” professor called 911 about a Nerf gun that he claims he thought was a real gun. As a result of that call, a classroom lockdown was ordered.

Now the campus Department of Safety and Transportation is considering banning or at least regulating the Nerf guns. Yes, Nerf gun control. “What part of ‘shall not be infringed’ do they not understand?”

The group that organizes these events already have restrictions and regulations in place. According to the St. Louis CBS affiliate:

Chad Holmes, faculty adviser for Live Action Society, an organization that organizes the game, said participants are required to sign safety waivers and are not allowed to paint Nerf guns, which are usually orange or lime green, to make them look like real guns. Holmes acknowledged that the game can sometimes look suspicious and suggested a campus-wide email could reduce the number of concerned callers. “The biggest solution to that is just awareness,” he said.

Clark said he is most concerned with averting a conflict between an armed police officer and a participant. “That can end in disaster, and that’s ultimately what we’re trying to prevent,” he said.

Yes, that certainly could end in disaster, as it already has before.

Is this really a safety concern, or is this just more of the same brainwashing stuff that’s occurring at the grade-school level? After they’ve successfully banned toy guns from college campuses, are they headed for the rest of us?

It sort of makes sense from their perspective. If their end game is a complete ban on guns, they have to start young. They’ve got to succeed in purging young kids’ minds of guns. So, they go after kids’ playthings. Once those are gone, it will make the idea of real guns much scarier, to the point that they wouldn’t ever want one for themselves. They’ll grow up brainwashed about guns and calling for more and more gun control, at which point the government would gladly oblige.