Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Anything that looks like a gun must not be seen at a Canadian university
Public ridicule forced a backdown, however
The St. Mary’s University Student Association (SMUSA) in Halifax, Nova Scotia has changed its position on a campus-wide ban on the old Nintendo Zapper toy gun used in the classic game “Duck Hunt,”
The controversy first began when the SMUDent Gaming Society released a promotional poster that displayed the Nintendo Zapper. The poster was determined to be unacceptable by the St. Mary’s Student Association because it showed a “gun” — even if it referring to an orange toy gun with a long cord coming out of it.
However, after being pelted with criticism, the organization has decided to back down and allow the organization’s planned activities to proceed.
Now SMUSA is saying the poster ban was just a misunderstanding. This was after they cancelled an interview with Sun News to talk about the issue.
As a result of the “misunderstanding,“ the SMUDent Gaming Society was forced to scrap their plans to host a ”Duck Hunt” party on campus because the plastic toy guns with cords coming out of them were not allowed on school property.
News of the zapper ban at student functions has provoked a flood of responses from Sun News Network Viewers and Sun paper readers. About half an hour after giving the interview to Sun, SMUSA reversed direction, saying that Duck Hunt, complete with zappers, would be allowed at the Friday pub function after all.