Whats everyones opinions on this?

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Suzanne - posted on 03/13/2014

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I think there is nothing wrong with instilling respect for guns early on, as well as good habits, but it is HOW you do it that makes the difference. Just as parents should avoid body-shaming, they should absolutely avoid gun-shaming. Instead of snatching the toy guns away like venomous snakes, concerned parents should focus on what they do want the child to do with the gun: what to point at, how to hold it, games that work, etc. Sounds silly, but not only could it be good bonding time, but could help build a foundation for good attitudes towards weapons and prep them for training with a real gun whenever the parent feels the child is ready. (Which I hope is before 16.) Just compare it to any other play version of tools we use. Are you telling me that if your toddler was using a pretend hammer as an assault weapon, a fake fishing rod for pole vaulting, or their baby doll for kindling, you would not take a moment to show them proper use? What the heck do you think toys are for?

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