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Boys and toy guns?

Well girls too I guess :)How do you feel about them?


Asked by yesmaam at 4:31 PM on Apr. 19, 2011 in Parenting Debate

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  • My boys loved toy guns- I see no problem with them-

    Do you all think playing with dolls without a boy around will cause little girls to have a baby without a Father around- do you believe playing Barbies leads to plastic surgery- I don't-

    Answer by soyousay at 9:00 PM on Apr. 19, 2011

  • I will tell you what my neighbor, an assistant chief of police, told me. Toy guns are just fine, as long as gun safety is also taught. Meaning, NO pointing it directly at someone, if you find a real gun, DO NOT TOUCH IT and GET AN ADULT. He also said, "Guns do not kill people, people kill people."

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 4:34 PM on Apr. 19, 2011

  • I'm not really comfortable with guns generally. However, my son does have toy guns... when we didn't buy toy guns, he just made guns out of Lego, sticks, his fork, his sock over his hand, etc. I figured that banning toy guns was probably pointless and that I should instead make sure he understands the difference between imaginary play and reality. So that's where we've focused our attentions. My son is almost nine, still plays with toy guns but isn't an aggressive kid and I don't worry about it anymore.

    Answer by Freela at 4:33 PM on Apr. 19, 2011

  • My boys played with toy guns, now shoot real guns, and their boys are following right along in their footsteps. We are from a family of hunters!

    Answer by NannyB. at 4:35 PM on Apr. 19, 2011

  • Both of my boys have them and always have. They have been raised hunting and know thats what they are used for. They also play a hunting video game with their dad. No harm in guns as long as they are taught gun safety... thats where people go wrong.

    Answer by amazinggrace83 at 4:36 PM on Apr. 19, 2011

  • I let my daughter play with toy guns, but she's pretty much has to follow the same rules that you would if you had a real gun. and the difference between toy guns and real guns was made clear before we allowed her to play with them.

    Answer by admiring_u_14 at 4:36 PM on Apr. 19, 2011

  • I think parents make too big of a deal over it. Do some think that playing with toy guns will make their child a killer or result in violence?

    I remember playing with my big brother all the time. we had toy guns, water guns, guns that would make your arm band vibrate when you got shot. We all grew up to be very peaceful people.

    Kids know that killing is not OK (unless their wacko parents taught them otherwise), i think we should give them the benefit of the doubt & let them play with toy guns. They were so much fun when i was little. It really got my imagination going. I don't see the harm in them, and i think parents overreact about it.

    Answer by samurai_chica at 4:38 PM on Apr. 19, 2011

  • My grandfather wouldnt let us even mimic a gun with out hands when we were kid's. I was NOT like that with mine. They got toy guns to play with. Its the violent video games that bug me.

    Answer by vbruno at 4:33 PM on Apr. 19, 2011

  • I tried not to allow it... and he used his finger.
    I dont have a problem with it as long as it is in NO way realistic.
    We LOVE nerf guns of all sorts.... and water guns.

    My son is now 14 and is soooo not interested in all those god awful war games... THOSE are the REAL issue.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:34 PM on Apr. 19, 2011

  • son is 6, 6 1/2 next week.

    we kept him from guns, including squirt guns. then he became so obsessed we were scared of what he'd do if he ever encountered one. now he has a few dollar store squirters that we call water shooters or sprayers. guns are NOT fun, NOT toys, and not cool. they kill people, hurt kids, ruin families. it's only cool/awesome on a police officers hip.

    Answer by hibbingmom at 4:38 PM on Apr. 19, 2011