Guns

Meghan - posted on 12/21/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I do not like guns. I don't think at 2 year old should "know" about guns (unless their families are hunters or in the military...which none of us are.)

J's dad has no problem with guns...his older son has a few air soft guns, he thinks it is a boy thing and its fine. That very well may be...but I DO NOT want my son coming home and building a gun out of mega blocks and "shooting stuff."

I have told J that mommy doesn't like that, explained why and said if he wants to build guns to do it with Dad.

I know there have been a few threads about this but I didn't really pay too much attention...thought I would have a few years until I had to deal with it. Thoughts...again? (or for the new members, just thoughts lol)

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Meghan - posted on 12/25/2010

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lol, guess maybe it is just something incripted in male DNA? God, what I wouldn't give to braid hair and play barbies...lol

JuLeah - posted on 12/25/2010

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It is odd that they just know. I taught pre school for years and at about 3 or so, they just started shooting each other. Most parents didn't allow images of gun in their homes, so blamed the other parents who alos had not allowed such things .... who knows.
One parents was so so so strict about what his son viewed or was exposed to. The only TV allowed was the nature show, so this kid didn't know about super heros, or rockets, or bombs .... and the father believed he was on his way to raising a non violent child. Until his baby boy started to pretend he was a T-Rex and ate his school mates.

Meghan - posted on 12/23/2010

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oh frick, don't even get me started on rattle snakes!!! :)
Thats what I try to teach, they aren't toys. Its just weird that all of a sudden he knows what a gun is....

JuLeah - posted on 12/23/2010

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I am not a fan myself. I never bought toy guns for my child. I don't believe they ought to be viewed as toys.
I think out views about guns are a bigger problem then guns themselves.
We teach our kids that guns are power, guns make then strong, gun = respect and authority.
We don't teach they are dangrous and weapons and will kill if care if not used.
We need to teach them about gun the way we teach about rattle snakes - have a place, interesting, exciting in their danger maybe, but will kill you so don't pick them up

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I don't personally like or enjoy guns. They make me nervous and I don't think they're something a young toddler should be exposed to, real or not! If they have already been exposed I think it's important to explain that they're dangerous and impliment some rules. ie. no pointing at people.

Guns do have their place, however, and children need to be taught at some point, what is appropriate and what behaviour isn't. My niece (7) has been hunting recently with my brother and she LOVED it. They killed a moose. She was very excited. BLECH! Anyhow, she is well versed on the "rules"...

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I hate them too, and I vowed I would never buy any for my son. Despite the lack of a gun to play with, when he was about 2ish, he started making anything even remotely shaped like a gun into a gun and running around shooting stuff.

I could not for the life of me figure out where he got it from. I blamed our nanny (I was working at the time), though she swore she hadn't introduced guns. Maybe he wondered out of his room while my husband and I were watching something late at night...I still don't know.

I never bought him a toy gun, but when people started seeing him play with sticks as guns, they bought them for him. I tossed the first few, but he got a set of water guns and I caved and let him keep them. I had water guns as a kid, and I respect guns. I don't think they will hurt him or make him overly violent.



He also received some Nerf guns recently, and I think they are great fun--my husband and I play with him. I was hesitant to let him play with them b/c they break our Monsters and Dragons rule, but I decided they were "toy" enough and the imagined play scenario is not violent, but more moving target practice with some friendly competition and a lot of laughter. Granted, he is 6 now, so he knows the difference between a game with Nerf guns and foam pellets and a real gun...or even a toy gun with a violent play scenario.



We have a rule that we never shoot or aim at people or animals. We can shoot only Dragons and Monsters. I think the rule has worked well, and it brings in some safety--guns are not illegal here and I do not want them to be totally foreign to him should he ever be exposed to one.

We will also give him training in gun safety when he is a little older. Not because we have guns or think he will want one, but because a lot of people have them here and most gun fatalities are accidents due to curious teens who don't know enough safety.

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