Viral video warns kids about dangers of playing with toy guns in public
OKLAHOMA CITY - It's a sensitive and controversial subject that is the source of constant debate in the country.
The battle for and against gun control continues to wage, but one Oklahoma man's video about guns is going viral.
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A video is spreading on social media after one man stopped two young boys who were playing with realistic-looking toy guns at a busy northwest Oklahoma City intersection.
"I don't want you walking around with those guns. See them guns right there, that can get you caught up. Ain't nobody know about you, if the police see you they could take those guns away from you or try to shoot you," said Fredrick Montgomery.
Montgomery was driving home from work when he noticed the two young boys playing what he calls "shoot em' up," near Rockwell & Melrose.
"A handsome young brother like you could get shot for no reason at all, you hear me? So please take them in the house," said Montgomery.
It's a scary lesson, but a sad reality in our world.
In 2014, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was holding a toy gun on a Cleveland, Ohio playground, when he was shot and killed by a police officer.
"I don't care if they are fake because some people don't think they're fake," said Montgomery.
Oklahoma City officers agree, saying fake or toy guns can look very real and lead to a dangerous situation.
"Be careful anytime you're using one in public. You take a toy gun out in public and you point it at somebody, that person may believe that their life is in imminent peril and may respond accordingly, and that, obviously, could lead to a very tragic situation," said MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.
Montgomery works with an organization called 'All Brothers Allowed' to be a positive influence to help kids escape negative lifestyles.
"I was recording to show them what not to do, how to condone yourself in the public eye," said Montgomery.
He said the community has to come together to demand change and prevent more shootings.
"It's going to take a village, a human village, to get this problem worked out," said Montgomery.
As of Friday, the video has had more than 287,000 views and more than 11,000 shares
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