Pfleger: Easter Baskets With Toy Guns Must Go

CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s time for buying Easter baskets for children, but the outspoken Rev. Michael Pfleger would liked some changes in the items being included in some of baskets.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, some Easter baskets sold at K-Mart, Walgreens, Toys ‘R’ Us, Wal-Mart, Meijer and other stores include toy guns. Pfleger would like to see the toy guns removed.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

“With all the gun violence in our city and nation, why do we want to make our children comfortable with playing and pointing toy guns at each other. And then to wrap it in an Easter Basket.. Give me a break!” Pfleger writeson his Facebook page. “If you also have a problem, please tell the Managers of any store you see it in to please REMOVE them. We have POWER , we are the CONSUMERS!!!”

Pfleger has written to K-Mart to ask that the toy guns be taken out of baskets.

On his Facebook page, Pfleger urges others who believe as he does to tell the managers of stores to remove Easter baskets with toy guns from their shelves.

The toys in question are plastic water guns or Nerf dart shooters in sizes ranging from pistol- to nearly rifle-length, contained in Easter baskets sold by the retailer for prices starting at $9.99.

“As a Christian, I’m insulted that Kmart or any store would use this celebration of life to have images of guns in Easter baskets, encouraging parents to buy them for their children,” Pfleger said. “But equally important is that any psychiatrist will tell you a child who gets comfortable playing with toy guns and pointing them at people as a child becomes comfortable picking them up as an adult. In a nation that’s plagued with gun violence, neither Kmart nor any other store should be selling guns in Easter baskets to our kids.”

As of Wednesday morning, 17 people had chimed in on Facebook page. None of them favored the idea of toy guns in Easter baskets.

“They have been putting guns in Easter baskets for years since I was kid, my son was a kid and he is 23. I never understood it then and even more now,” one woman wrote.

“I just don’t understand what Easter egg hunt needs a gun, what celebration of our Lords Resurrection requires a gun, what part of spring says ‘we need a gun for our child,’” another poster wrote. “This is so strange.”

Chris Brathwaite, a spokesman for K-Mart parent company Sears Holdings, tells the Chicago Sun-Times the retailer respects customers’ opinions, but the guns are clearly marked as water toys.

The Chicago Sun-Times contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Just Axin

    Looks like this a-hole hasn’t seen his name in the news for awhile. How about going out in the hood after dark if you want to do some good, you jerk off. Or hang out on the red line and urge the young brothers not to rape, steal iphones, etc.

    • German Leprechaun

      Spot on, Just. Spot on.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      As I always say – FUK Pfleger!!!!!!

      Well said Just !!!!!!

  • Zatso

    Consumer advocate? Why doesn’y Pleg preach about the real problems in his hood.

    The old man Jackson ploy has come and gone.

    The city crime statistics are real and not plastic.

    The daily hits, runs, and wounds are real and are being publicized every day.


  • david

    Yeah, that’s the root of the violence problems in black and hispanic communities. Toy guns.

    • Brodus Clay

      the root of the violence is the blacks!

  • Silver

    On the other hand, the City can register all toy guns in the city and generate some revenue. Any Alderman, feel free to take that up in the City Council. Mayve register Easter Baskets to.

  • MrCrabs

    This man is a hypocrite, a narcissistic, and an egotist. He should have been relieved of his duties as a priest when he openly defied Cardinal George. I’m not a Roman Catholic, but I believe in obedience to the authority with in the church, regardless of tradition. He made a vow and has broken it time and time again. The Pope should have been notified of his continued disobedience. At which point, had he openly defied the head of his church, he would be out. Eventually, he will put the church at risk of loosing its status as a non-political entity.

  • Al Jackson

    Take out the guns and put in crack rock and jordans.

  • Jim Vosicky

    I agree Father Pfleger should be removed from the Chicago. The whole problem is these kids do not have family values. The gangs become there family.

    • MrCrabs

      …all they see is a slimy world of dog-eat-dog…girls (children) having babies by multiple, deadbeat males. To them, this must be the way life is. You’d be surprised how many never leave the city limits.

  • john

    I know the man and he really belives in the things he says and does; not a phony; but kookey… yeah.

    • Jim Vosicky

      John, No they normally do not leave a Rev. in a parish for 10 to 15 years how come he is still in the same place for 30years time for hom to move on!

  • MrCrabs

    …so does a sociopath…

  • Buggs Bunny

    Who would have guessed the Easter Bunny is a plastic arms distributor?

    • German Leprechaun

      LOL! Nice.

  • NWA

    Oh toy guns aint no good for my kids. They gots to have the real thing. Can’t be killing with no toys.


    • LYNDIA

      You go take dem toy guns and be bashing sum1 in dere hed betcha killin dem.

  • Centurion

    A half dozen kids shot today. An 11 year old shot yesterday…and this idiot is yammering about Easter Baskets. Why do the blacks keep this wad around?

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  • RICH

    I think they should ban hiding child molesters and illegals in the church

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