Pellet guns are not toys

If you’re still shopping for the children on your Christmas list, we have a suggestion: Cross off pellet guns that look like real firearms. They are not toys.

Pellet and BB guns can be good gifts for teenagers and adults. But some are so powerful they should not be given to younger children – or older ones who may not handle the weapons safely.

Pellet guns made to look like real firearms can be deadly in situations where those carrying them confront police. Tragically, children occasionally die in such situations.

On Monday, a high school student in Toledo, Ohio, took a pellet gun to school. Police were called. Thank heaven, they were able to end the ensuing standoff without anyone being hurt – but it could have ended very, very badly.

So, this Christmas, think before giving a BB or pellet gun as a gift.