What about the cases where children are being suspended (or threatened with suspension) for such "play" -- even with fingers or legos:
White Marsh Elementary first-graders suspended for using fingers as guns while playing
Hyannis 5-Year-Old Threatened With Suspension For Making Gun Out Of Legos
(or in this case -- merely talking about it landed this 5 yr old with "making terrorist threat"
Parents of girl suspended from Pennsylvania elementary school for talking about soap bubble toy gun want her record cleared
I don't buy anything gun related for my kids. Not water guns, not nerf guns etc. I don't buy fake knives. I don't think think they necessarily need to be illegal but I don't see any reason to bring them in my house.
I do think suspensions for little kids is a bit much. Common sense in punishment and all that.
When I was young, kids would pretend to smoke cigarettes using bubble gum cigarettes. I haven't seen children pretend to smoke in any setting in decades.
Us too. A Queen Amadala blaster thing snuck into our house once with an "ordered on line" halloween costume. Its not all that gun like so we didn't really care. I don't really care if other people want to give their kids real guns fake oozies, severed fake limbs and crying orphaned baby dolls to play war with. Just don't be surprised when my kids don't come to play at your home. This also has nothing to do with being overprotective. I simply would not trust the judgment of parents who allow their children to "play war" with guns.........that isn't how my family rolls so there really wouldn't be anywhere for the friendship to go. I could feel pretty confident in saying that we as families would not have much in common, so wouldn't mind not pursuing or actively avoiding the friendship. Our ideals would simply be too different to overcome when I have enough like minded friends whose children don't shoot one another for "fun".
This is not really pertinent to the debate, but pretty cute
I have a student that I know the parents do not allow play guns in the house, but he was pointing his fingers the other day like a gun. I asked what he was doing, I really wanted to make sure I didnt jump to the conclusion it was a gun, and he said "these legos wont stay together, so I am hot glueing them" My grandma helper thought it was so cute
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
I gave up on the no toy guns thing. We don't have any guns that look realistic, but my son is a huge Star Wars fan and he has a handful of Star Wars-related guns that he pretends are shooting lasers & whatnot.
I realized that if I raise him with my attitude towards guns and violence, the toys will not interfere with that. I still wouldn't get him something that looks like a real gun, but he and his sister play shooting games with the Star Wars guns, they have water guns, etc. It seems to me like a very natural part of kids' games, and they are both loving, sweet kids who don't want to inflict anything more than pretend violence on pretend people (or each other when they're pretending).
I do think there is something really off about posting a picture of yourself holding a baby AND a gun, no matter what the gun is. If you take the picture, that's one thing, but posting it makes a statement and a very weird and irresponsible one at that. It's bad judgment.
Laurie, mom to:
Nathaniel ( 10 ) and Juliet ( 6 )
Baking Adventures In A Messy Kitchen (blog)
We have toy guns here too, I do not believe my 2 year old arresting his sisters or my girls dousing each other with water is going to lead to them all having violent tendency. If I ever feel like the guns are being used in a way that I find upsetting I will take them away.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
Mom to Lee, Jake, Brandon, Rocco
Stepmom to Ryan, Regan, Braden, Baley
Granddaughters Kylie 10/18/2010 & Aleya 4/22/2013
I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosopy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friend. --Thomas Jefferson
So they just shoot sticky food all over the house? Gross! We like to eat at the table.
It isn't about how SCARY toy guns are, its what they represent. There is nothing SCARY about those candy cigarettes I used to buy at the boardwalk as a kid. They puff out some sugar cloud and then you eat the gross gum/candy cross that you aren't sure if you are supposed to swallow or spit out or use as silly putty. Anyway. I don't think that they are scary. What could be scary about CANDY? The point is, that they made smoking seem cool to a bunch of kids. They actually came in a pack like a cigarette pack. So I would no more buy my kids candy cigarettes than I would fake guns, because both are inappropriate for children.
Honestly if I saw a 5 YEAR OLD running around with a gun I'd probably call CPS.
If you are referring to a real gun such as a shot gun, I would be highly surprised if there was anyone on this board that would not agree with you.