LETTER: Toy firearms should have obvious ways to distinguish them from real ones

I read in the May 31 Peninsula Daily News about yet another young boy needlessly being wasted/killed by a police officer by mistaking the toy [a pellet gun] as an authentic weapon [“Cop Who Killed Rice Fired For Other Reason”].

It seems to me that the companies making their firearm toys replicate authentic firearms — without distinguishing them to be “just a toy” — should be held accountable.

A very simple remedy would be to have them “powder-coated” in highly visible colors that can be seen from a great distance, day or night, and/or another highly visible attached material should be a standard mandatory law for the protection of our children.

Robert M. Kershner,