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Do you see anything wrong with letting children play with toy guns?


Asked by ThatBoysMom at 4:11 PM on Aug. 14, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • Toy guns promote gun violence about as much as playing dolls without a child designated as a Daddy promotes out of wedlock marriage. I just do not see the correlation. When I was little I played dolls with a female friend and pretended we were both the Mommy. Guess what, I did not grow up to marry her (not that being gay is equal to killing someone with a gun!). Its a toy, its play. Think of how many boys play Army yet never join the Army or girls who play house and do not grow up to be SAHM. If the toys had that much influence, my kids would only have been allowed to play doctor to make sure they would grow up to be doctors. As it is, I guess they will be Power Rangers because that is what they played all the time.

    Answer by wildboyz1994 at 6:31 PM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • i dont like when kids play with toy guns. when they come along a real one they think its a toy. i have no problem with toys guns as long as they are gettin taught gun safty with a fake one. but its not right to let a kid run around with any type of gun and not teach them right from wrong with it. if u notice most kids point the gun at other kids and that is a big NO NO fake or not.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:14 PM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • i dont like it when they are younger...they dont know the diff...but if my 11 yo wanted a cap gun i see nothing wrong with that...and we would have dont point it at people...

    Answer by blueeyedgrl2377 at 4:15 PM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • Yes I see a huge problem with it. And anyone who can't is living in a very deluded mindset.

    Hasn't anybody ever heard the stories about 7 year olds shooting their cousins while paying after taking a gun from a relatives house?

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:20 PM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • I don't let my kids play with realistic guns, but they're also all girls so if they don't squirt water they don't want them, lol. They have been taught and are often reinforced gun saftey, though.

    Answer by mamapotter at 4:21 PM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • hell no.. both mine do it everyday.. i always say "dont point that anyone you could hurt someone" and tey are fine with that.. i say no worries, all the MEN around where im from hunt, whats wrong ya"ll think your boy will go on a killing spree with his toy gun???

    i say its silly to worry and let boys be boys..

    Answer by ArlieBeeMee at 4:21 PM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • I don't have a problem with kids having toy guns.

    I don't have a problem with kids being taught gun safety. The ones who aren't taught gun safety, who aren't told the difference between toy and real guns are the ones shooting their cousins while playing!

    Those who feel kids should be kept away from guns at all costs are the ones living in a very deluded mindset!! Those who feel that way are the ones who have kids who are getting hurt with guns! Those who feel that way are the ones with the kids who are hurting others with guns while playing!

    Teach your kids gun safety. Teach them right from wrong regarding the handling of guns. Teach them to respect guns. Teach them the difference between a TOY and a REAL gun!


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:24 PM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • I think up until a certain age I would not like it. Most children cannot distinguish the difference between their toy guns and daddy's "special gun" in his cabinet, desk drawer, bedside table, etc. I don't think its a good idea to reinforce the idea that guns are toys at that age, either. I grew up around guns, and my children will be taught to respect them as weapons and NOT toys (when they are old enough).

    Answer by Emuu at 4:25 PM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • Yes because guns are not toys. My son will be allowed to have a bb gun when he is a teenager and only use it with his Dad. Other than that we don't allow any fake guns because I don't like them, we won't allow him to play video games where he's shooting people either. (maybe a hunting game) JMO

    Answer by ronisaurus at 4:33 PM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • I don't like play guns,cap guns,there has been too many senseless killings,where children playing with real guns and a child has been hurt or killed,as for cap guns they make too much noise,I have seen parents give their kids be-be guns,and the children will use cats and dogs as targets. With all the computer games and balls and board games,I would think they would stop making toy guns. I remember when my brother used to play with GI Joes and tank trucks,he always wanted to be an Army man like our Dad, and when he was 19,he full-filled his dreams,but in the Marines. To buy a play gun for a child so he can act like he is killing somebody is awful.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:34 PM on Aug. 14, 2009