Do you ever ask this question?

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Do you ever ask this question?
Wed, 01-19-2011 - 10:51am

When your boys go to the house of a friend, do you ever ask the parents if there are guns in the house?

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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 2:06pm

That's pretty scary Kristy.


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Thu, 01-20-2011 - 4:02am
How scary! I would first make sure the parents are going to be home at the houses they're going to. I would bring it up to the parents, if my kid was playing with guns or even showing them off, I'd sure want to know about it so I could take more precautions and talk to my child. I don't care what type of gun it is, you can get hurt with a BB gun too. Good luck, guns are such a scary thing! There's so much out there, it's gonna be hard for me not to keep them in the basement until they're 20. lol


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Fri, 01-21-2011 - 8:59am

That would be a scary thing to hear, Kristy.

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Mon, 01-24-2011 - 1:47pm
Kristy, as far as Alex and Ben go, they have both been through the Hunter's Safety Course, have their Boy Scout badges/safety courses, and have done a bunch of target shooting between scouts and here at home with DH. My neighbor actually bought the boys BB guns when they were 5 & 8yo and my mother was the one that totally flipped out. My thought is that we have always taught them to respect guns, how to handle them safely, and that they are ABSOLUTELY not toys. We do have guns here and they are stored safely away from 4yo hands. Ben & Alex know that they are not even allowed to bring out the airsoft pellet guns without an adult being present and all "visitors" having been through at least a Boy Scout safety course. They also know if they are elsewhere, guns are off limits unless there is an adult present (we know their friend's parents pretty well for the most part and I would trust them).

With Than, he hasn't quite gotten to the "playdate" stage that would put him someplace without DH or I. However, even with the Nerf guns, he is being taught basic gun safety as he goes along.

It is a scary thing to have to worry about and in your situation, I would bring it up to the boys' parents that he had the gun out without an adult present. They may or may not think that is an issue depending on their beliefs. Also, it's a great time to review all the basic gun safety you can!

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