Oregon T-Ball Team With Crosshairs Logo Draws Criticism

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The members of a T-ball team in Sandy, Oregon, have uniforms that feature crosshairs on their chests as part of their sponsor’s logo. The team, which plays in the Cal Ripken T-ball League, is made up of 4, 5 and 6-year-old boys and girls and is nicknamed the Ninjas. Local gun store Rapid Fire Arms is the team sponsor.

A mother of one of the team members is grateful for the store’s sponsorship but feels that it is really improper for the kids to be promoting guns, according to KGW.

"Crosshairs on the chests of 5 and 6-year-old children is inappropriate," said the mom, who wanted to stay anonymous. “Especially given the recent tragic events, and especially since gun regulation is a hot button topic right now. We need to be eliminating any sort of association between children and guns, rather than promoting it."

Brian Coleman owns Rapid Fire Arms and has a son on the team. "Honestly, I think it's kind of a positive message that there are people out there that want to help,” he said. “The industry gets a bad rep sometimes and most of us are everyday people that want communities to be safer, happier.”

According to Coleman, the children don’t really understand that their team is sponsored by a gun store

Sources: KGW, King5