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Afghanistan's growing toy gun problem has gotten so bad the government finally acted

Afghanistan's growing toy gun problem has gotten so bad the government finally acted

The first thing Mansour, 10, and Fawad, 9, did when their parents handed them holiday cash was to rush to the corner market and buy plastic guns resembling a Glock and a Beretta. Dressed in their new Eid clothes, the pair spent most of the morning playing with their new toys on the streets of Kabul's Shahr-e Naw neighborhood. They were soon joined by other children, including young girls in frilly dresses and plastic pearls, all brandishing plastic firearms meant to resemble AK-47s or 9-millimeter pistols. During the annual Eid holidays, three days each, twice a year, the streets of Afghanistan are increasingly packed with children shooting plastic pellets from air guns that bear...

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