Toys: I Turned Mine In

In the toy industry, it has long been an article of faith that a youngster who plays with make-believe guns is no more likely to grow up a criminal than a boy who plays with make-believe churches is apt to mature into a saint. Yet as a result of the furor over gun controls that followed the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, toy guns may soon be much harder to obtain.

Sears, Roebuck, the world's biggest retailer, has removed toy guns from its Christmas catalogue and ordered its 815...