How do you feel about toy guns?

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How do you feel about toy guns?
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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 2:05pm

My boys gravitate towards toy guns.

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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 2:48pm
I am absolutely the worst one to ask this question! ROFL My boys use EVERYTHING as guns, they play Army on a daily basis, the Military Channel is their favorite thing to watch, and guns are part of most conversations. There are nerf guns, airsoft guns, bb guns, squirt guns, guns for their little army guys, guns for the star wars guys....................they are EVERYWHERE in my house (well the airsoft and bb guns are locked up).

That being said, the boys have done ongoing gun safety in Scouts, Ben has attended the Hunter's Safety course, the airsoft and BB guns are only allowed out when there is an adult present, and we have strict rules even for the nerf/squirt guns (no hitting above the shoulders, no pointing it at yourself, etc).

I grew up in a rural area and guns were also a part of my growing up. My thought (and DH's) is that they need to learn to respect them and use them appropriately/properly. There are very few boys I know that don't enjoy playing with toy guns and will use anything (stick, legos, etc) as a gun if they don't actually have a toy one. I know not everyone agrees with us but that's how it goes in our house. :-)


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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 3:57pm

Hey Kristy, I came across this while posting things for the Guard & Reserves board and thought of this thread:


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Thu, 03-10-2011 - 10:14am

I pretty much ditto everything Lisa said.

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Thu, 03-10-2011 - 12:02pm

ROFL! I think you live in my house Melissa. I'm glad I'm not the only one who needs to work around battle plans and bad guys to get my daily to-do list done!

**EDITED to add: Yes absolutely lightsabers and swords count!!!


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Fri, 03-11-2011 - 12:09pm

I agree with Lisa & Melissa. I've heard that boys will use Barbies if they have none of their own guns to play with - they've been building guns out of Legos for years. We just tell them - no weapons at the table. ;-)

They know not to point even play guns directly at a person. Of course, the Nerf guns seem to defeat that idea. But, I'm sure there will be play guns around here for years. I'd rather they'd know what one was than stumble across one and get hurt accidentally.

On a side note, if I can brag for a minute... we were out geocaching a few weekends ago and my 8yo found a lighter on the ground, he didn't pick it up but he did make me try to guess what he found before he told anyone about it. He stood guard over it so none of the other kids in the area could get it either. I was proud of him :)


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Fri, 03-11-2011 - 5:13pm
That's awesome Wendy! I had to giggle at the "no weapons at the table" rule. It's amazing what comes out of my mouth these days, such as "if you hit your brother with that baseball bat, you'll be in trouble!".

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Fri, 03-11-2011 - 10:15pm

When my boys were little I did not allow toy guns.

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Sat, 03-12-2011 - 10:49am
ROFL about no weapons at the table. I regularly tell them to check their weapons at the door when we head to bed. Although sometimes you gotta sleep with your lightsaber within arms reach. ;-)

WTG to your DS!

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Sat, 03-12-2011 - 10:49am
Plastic wrap in the oven? Do I want to know?

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Sat, 03-12-2011 - 12:22pm

Well, Lisa, usually when we have leftover pizza I wrap each slice in foil and put it in the freezer.

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