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Do you let your kids play guns?

Where do you draw the line?

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lowencope

Asked by lowencope at 3:52 PM on Dec. 28, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • My son has real guns. He knows the difference and won't even point a toy gun at people. I don't let him shoot his guns unattended, I'm always with him helping him but if he wants to shoot I'll go out with him. His toy guns are everywhere though he has all kinds

    onemellowmom

    Answer by onemellowmom at 3:58 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Yes but they are to treat a play gun with respect as much as a real one, then there is no confusion on gun safety. 

    bjojola

    Answer by bjojola at 3:58 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • onemellowmom, did you realize this is the preschool section'?
    lowencope

    Comment by lowencope (original poster) at 4:00 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • He did have guns and we taught him about respecting the real things using the toys to start with. He even went hunting with my sister's SO a few times.
    SpiritedWitch

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 4:01 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Yes and No, I don't allow my kids to play guns. My kids are 5 and 2 and my daughter is just not getting interested in hunting so she has more privledges than my 2 year old. My son builds guns with leggos all the time and gets them taken away because he starts shooting at people with them.. I let him play with his leggo built guns as long as he's pretending to hunt animals or shooting at birds or other animals (make believe animals) through the window. I say by summer he'll have it figured out that he gets them taken away for shooting at people. I just feel there is too much kids shooting people for kids to pretend to shoot people.
    Proud_Mommy05

    Answer by Proud_Mommy05 at 4:03 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Yeah I did my son started shooting at 3
    onemellowmom

    Answer by onemellowmom at 4:04 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Lots of preschoolers around my area have guns, its something that we are raised with and guns are passed down like any other family heirloom so onemellow is not out of line posting here IMO. My children are very young and have guns that they are too small to use....

    bjojola

    Answer by bjojola at 4:05 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • yes. they know not to point them at ppl or " shoot" ppl... he will be getting his fiorst gun.. a bb gun for christmas next year.. he will be 5
    2boysmommy.js

    Answer by 2boysmommy.js at 4:11 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • My son's have been shooting with real guns since they were 4. That is because my DH is very into guns and we have some at home, but they know they cannot use them unless we are with them. All our guns are locked in a safe so the little ones can't get there anyway- nor do the older ones.
    Two of my girls were also interested in guns as kids. They are both adults now but they know how to shoot and for one of them it's also a hobby.

    Now, playing guns, I do allow it but I made sure they know the difference between real and toy guns.
    mysevenkids

    Answer by mysevenkids at 4:13 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • yes, I do let my kids play with guns, they are not allowed to point it at anything they cant eat. My oldest is 17 and he had a real gun at the young age of as well. My husband had bought him a toy rifle to take out in the woods at 5 to show him how to hold, aim, carry and all that happy hunting stuff. If at any point they pointed their gun at something they weren't supposed to they would lose it immediately.
    hodgkinrus6

    Answer by hodgkinrus6 at 4:34 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

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