What do most 6-year-olds get for their birthdays? Some sports equipment? A computer? A trip to Disneyland?
Jian Lin had a different idea for his son’s sixth birthday. The former Chinese navy officer built a makeshift three-tonne tank, complete with a gun turret, as a gift for his child.
“I want to realise my dream and give my son a cool toy,” Jian Lin, from Mianzhu village in Sichuan province, told the Chengdu Economic Daily.
Basing his design on the People’s Liberation Army’s Type 63A light tank, Jian spent just two months creating a fully functioning replica, using wheels from a tractor, the engine from a truck, along with a refitted gearbox. The project cost him 40,000 yuan (about $6,400). It measures 4.5 meters long and 2.1 meters high.
The 31-year-old Jian worked as a navy maintenance officer of an unmanned aircraft in Qingdao, a two hour flight from Sichuan’s capital of Chengdu. He retired from the service and worked as a truck driver for a while, but got rid of his truck after the Lunar New Year in January. Left with plenty of free time, he came up with the idea of building a tank for his child.
Of course! Lots of unemployed people think about building military tanks for their children!
Apparently it was hard to keep a full-size military tank under wraps, but 31-year-old Jian said all the work was worth it when he finally pulled off the covers of the vehicle and showed it to his son at their home in the village of Mianzhu in China’s Sichuan province.
You can see a photo of the tank by clicking here.
Not surprisingly, the tank is not authorized for use on the road, so Jian (not his son) had to be content driving it around a field. He gave a demonstration of its firepower by sending a few rounds into the air that he insists were entirely safe – and perfectly appropriate for a child to play with.
Really? I wonder what mom has to say about this three-tonne gift for her young son?
The story makes me think that there should be mandatory classes for people before they become parents. What on earth was Jian thinking, giving his son a high-powered military tank? He wanted to give the child a “cool” birthday present; having his son like him appears to be much more important than behaving like a responsible parent.
Remember the 14-year-old who accidentally shot himself in the leg with the gun his father gave him for Christmas? Not to mention the many toddlers who helped themselves to readily available guns, and then shot and killed several people.
And of course we can think back to December 14, 2012, the day that saw the murder of twenty children and six adult staff members of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The shooter, twenty-year-old Adam Lanza also killed his mother Nancy, who had given her son (whom she knew to be mentally unstable) access to an astonishing array of weapons, including high caliber rifles, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, samurai swords, a bayonet and knives.
Parents, please stopping giving your kids lethal weapons for Christmas or birthdays.
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