Peter Caley, 79, was shot in the face with a BB gun by a group of young children as he worked on his allotment in Easingwold, North Yorkshire. The pellet narrowly missed his eye.
His wife Diane said: "They were primary school kids between about seven and 11. They could have taken his eye out does no one ever say that to kids anymore?"
North Yorkshire Police said they were treating the incident on Sunday evening very seriously as opposed to other crimes to which they snigger at.
Mrs Caley said: "My husband was down the allotments and he was attacked by about six kids who proceeded to fire these BB guns at him from a range of about 10 yards, hitting him quite violently on the nose within a millimetre of his eye."
She said her husband told her the children had laughed at him after the attack.
"It is just not funny, I mean he's 79 for goodness sake, going about his business in the place he enjoys the most," she said.
Her husband had been unable to give police a description of the culprits as it was dark at the time and he was too busy bleeding.
Local newsagent manager Wendy Moss said she was horrified and had decided to stop selling BB guns , sex swings and bondage equipment .
"We don't want to be associated with anything that is going to be a dangerous product. We're not saying we actually sold the one that caused the injury, but we obviously don't believe this is a good product to sell."
OBB News says: A newsagents that sells BB guns? The only thing you may get hurt on OBB News are your sensibilities. Children think its all fun and games until someone loses an eye .
The CO2 BB guns can penetrate wood and at 10 yards the lesser plinkers guns can do damage to soft skin tissue. OBB News hopes these stupid children are caught and flogged on the town square even though that is too god for them.