http://www.ksn.com/news/local/4554586.html Daycare center offers toy gun buy back program WICHITA, Kansas, Nov 02, 2006 -- Is it a source of violence or just a toy? Some says that simply playing with a toy gun desensitizes children to the dangers of weapons. Now a Wichita daycare wants toddlers to turn in those toys. It’s a message that has reached millions of children -- "Stop, Don’t touch, Leave the area and tell an adult" -- and now it is reaching more in Wichita. For nearly a decade, the Eddie Eagle program has taught children what do if they find a gun and for nearly a decade, it has worked. For the kids at WSU’s Child Development Center, learning what to do can be fun. But for the adults, they know it could be a matter of life and death. "Kids are going to be inventive, and the really smart kids are going to find a way of getting to it," said Sgt. Loren Huckstadt, Wichita State University Police Department. That’s why the Wichita State University Child Development Center is taking their gun safety a little further, not only teaching about real weapons but their plastic counterparts as well. "From a young age, they need to learn that it is not a toy and that it can cause harm and it can cause damage," said Laurie Spence, director, Child Development Center. The center is sponsoring a toy gun buy back. For every toy gun a child drops off, they are rewarded with a gift certificate -- a way of teaching them that there is no such thing as a toy gun. But not everyone is applauding this first of a kind effort in Wichita. In fact, while Kansas Senator Phil Journey welcomes the gun safety program, he tells KSN News the toy buyback misrepresents the toy objects as bad. He argues it’s the people that use them that can be good or bad, adding, "why don’t they make the kids afraid of toys cars?" But for the teachers at this daycare, they know just how impressionable a young mind can be and they don’t want to take chances. "It’s just about the kids and keeping the kids safe," said Spence. The center has received overwhelming support from parents with a lot of toy guns being dropped off. They say they will turn the toy gun buy back into an annual event.