Many in the media have reported that Rice was carrying a "toy gun." Such reporting has led to comparisons like this:
|Notice the water|
|One of these things is not like the others|
My guess is that you have a hard time figuring out which one is not a real gun. For the record, the image below is of the airsoft gun Rice was carrying:
|Looks like a long slide 1911|
Airsoft pistols of this type typically run off of compressed gas and can propel the plastic bbs up to 500 feet per second. They are not a toys, they can cause serious injury if eye and ear protection are not warn. Personally I would never let a twelve year old play with one unsupervised. Let alone remove the orange safety tip and point it at people!
Less you think I am blaming the victim my point is only this: that these things should not be treated as toys. Calling them toys obscures the fact that they are indistinguishable from a real gun. It also hides that they are, in and of themselves, dangerous and capable of bodily harm when not used properly.
They are not toys. They should be respected. They should be used only in appropriate settings and with the proper safety gear. If you own one of these, I hope you consider this carefully.