Residents of the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia are pushing to end the sale of toy guns in their neighborhood.
Sean Williams created a video, showing a group of boys who have just purchased a BB gun from a corner grocery, that has gone viral. He then went to confront the store’s owner.
“I said, ‘No. With all the killings going on in the neighborhood, the last thing you should do is be selling BB guns to the kids,'” Williams recalled.
The father of two said after he discovered the kids playing with the toy weapons, he couldn’t stop thinking about it.
“The cops aren’t going to try to figure out if it’s real or not. So all of that stuff ran through my mind,” he said. “I have kids. So that was pretty much why I couldn’t leave it alone.”
He came back with a group of neighbors and City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson on Monday afternoon to stage a protest.
The market owner told the Daily News he has stopped selling the BB guns, but Williams said the Point Breeze neighbors are expanding the effort to target other stores carrying the guns in spite of a city ordinance banning such sales.