Air Soft Guns - Where do you draw the line??

Jessica - posted on 09/25/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Just curious if I am off base not liking my child playing with them.

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Michelle - posted on 09/25/2010

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It is up to each parent to make a choice on these items, we have them in our house and my son is allowed to use them but only with his dad there. I firmly believe that it is our responsibility as parents to teach our children that guns have a specific purpose and are only to be used for that purpose. Children need to be taught to respect the item and not treat it as a toy but a dangerous tool no different then a power tool or large farm equipment. All of which if used improperly can cause bodily harm or death. That being said I don't think any child should be allowed to use an air soft gun without parental supervision because they are children and accidents happen.

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Paul - posted on 09/15/2013

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Julie that was a blank gun, not an airsoft gun, im 14, and my dad already bought me a REAL ar15, 5.56 caliber, I thinkthat airsoft guns are not dangerous, just wear eye protection. Also, why do people not let their children touch guns, they grow up sheltered, and not knowing anything. I first shot a gun at the age of 3, I am an A student, no criminal record, and I play football, lacrosse, and basketball. Dont shelter them, theyll find out anyway. Buy them nerf at first, airsoft when they are 10-11

Jennifer - posted on 09/26/2010

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my husband is on an airsoft team and participates in several tournaments each year. when our son is old enough (he's only 10 months old now), will join the team as well. i wholeheartedly agree with Michelle on this. for a long time my thoughts were "absolutely not" but my husband has changed my mind. my hubsnads father had real guns in their house when they were children and from a very early age taught them what guns are, what they are for, how dangerous they are, and how to respect them. we will do the same with our son/future children.

we don't see airsoft guns as toys, and they will not be treated as toys.

Kate CP - posted on 09/26/2010

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My husband has one or two some where in the bowels of his closet...my kids will never play with them.

Sherri - posted on 09/26/2010

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My kids will NEVER own them living under my roof. Although I don't allow them to play with any supposed play gun. Guns are not toys period!!

Kim - posted on 09/26/2010

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I do not allow my son to play with airsoft guns. I allow him to play with toy guns but only if from a distance it is clearly a toy. (orange tip) A few months ago while driving home I saw a boy with a pistol tucked into the back of his pants. I called the police and they had to come and investigate. Luckily, it was only an airsoft gun, but how was I supposed to know that. I wouldn't even allow my children in the back of our house bc the boys was across the street and I was afraid for their safety. Also, a different boy in our neighborhood put an airsoft gun to my son's friends eye and threatened to shoot. He was arrested and charged with a felony. The boy was 16. I honestly don't know why anyone would let a child play with them.

Julie - posted on 09/25/2010

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these can fire at speeds of hundreds of feet per second. This can cause true injury and even death. A kid died from holding one to his head and firing it "cause it was only air"

Police have been called to several sites thinking that these "weapons" were real. It doesn't take to much of a leap too see what might happen if a kid tuns to a cop with a real looking weapon>

These "toys' are not a good idea in my opinion

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