As the Buffalo Police and the general public are hoping for a lead or someone to come forward regarding the recent shooting death of a 12-Year-Old boy, a group called Buffalo F.A.T.H.E.R.S is urging families to participate in a Buffalo Toy Gun Exchange this week to raise awareness among young people regarding the potential danger involved with using guns.

Studies have shown that kids playing with and owning Toy Guns creates a mindset among kids that guns are not associated with violence, rather fun ... which is obviously the wrong message to send.

The News story regarding the Buffalo F.A.T.H.E.R.S Buffalo Toy Gun Exchange initiative reads as follows:

BUFFALO, N.Y. — In an effort to curb gun violence, a group called Buffalo F.A.T.H.E.R.S  is organizing two toy gun exchanges this week.

Here's how it works: Children can exchange their toy guns for other, non-violent items such as sports balls. The goal is to teach children in Buffalo that even toy guns could pave a path to violence as they grow up.

The first toy gun exchange will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Masten Boys and Girls Club at 397 Northland Avenue.

The second exchange will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Delavan Grider Community Center at 877 East Delavan Avenue.

Community leaders, police officers, and public officials are expected to be in attendance at both events.

This is not the 1st year for a Toy Gun Exchange Program:

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