In the midst of a heated national debate about gun control, one heavily armed group has sat quietly on the sidelines, itching their trigger claws and attracting little notice: pistol-packing plush toy bears. But after a high-profile incident in a Harlem foster home involving a teddy bear and a handgun, perhaps the time has come for the government to pry the handguns from Paddington's cold, plush paws. On Christmas morning, the Post reports that an 8-year-old girl opened her mama-and-baby teddy-bear set to find an added bonus: a very real (but very inoperable) gun.
“Oh wow!” shrieked the child, who reportedly "waved the gun around to show everyone on Christmas morning." The gift had been picked up by the girl's foster mom, Sheeba Anderson, at St. Anthony’s Church in SoHo. It was wrapped and mixed in with other presents in two bags which were donated by the church.
“I heard her say, ‘Look, Miss Sheeba, I found a gun!’ She was waving it around and playing with it," Anderson tells the tabloid. "Who knows what else was going on with this bear? It could have had drugs or needles or anything else in there." You know, nothing surprises us when it comes to these degenerate bears.
Investigators are still trying to determine how the gun ended up inside the box and who donated it to the church. But thankfully the firing pin had been removed before it was stashed in the box, and it wasn't loaded (bears need to buy bullets separately, too).