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    Do you buy or let your sons or daughters play with toy guns ? I'm
    Not sure if I'm over analyzing or being too sensitive but I really don't want DS ( 15 months) playing with guns , we were visiting DH grandma today and she has a huge toy box with all the grandkids old toys and DS picked up a toy gun, he didn't really know what it was but i panicked and took it off him, DH and my brother say its a boy thing and they both had toy guns and had no problems but I just think it promotes violence and I don't particularly like the idea of him pretending to kill/shoot someone? Do your kids play with guns and should I just let him be and not over analyze it???

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    I'm torn on this. I had guns as a kid and am not violent! But I don't know that I want DD playing with them. My brother lives on a farm and hunts and his kids are all learning to shoot at young ages and in some ways I think that it's not a bad thing. If he's going to have guns at least it's good that they're learning what they do and how they're used in a responsible manner.
    But for me and where I live (the city) I don't really see why DD *needs* guns, she has soooo many other toys to play with...

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    I don't like them either and have asked my family to not give them to them as gifts etc.

    BUT I have found my kids, well the boys, using other toys as guns even though I honestly can't think of a time where they have watched any shows or DVDs with guns in them. Just yesterday DS1 had DDs toy hairdryer and was running around the yard pretending to shoot the dogs. I'm not going to make a big deal out of it but I do tell them they are never to point their 'gun' at anyone when playing.

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    My boys have guns, several guns actually. Water guns, Nerf guns, Laser guns. We don't have gun's that resemble real guns though. I tend to agree with your husband and brother, I think it's a boy thing, my kids play with them, but they don't get violent toward each other, they usually don't even shoot each other, shooting the darts at walls is more fun apparently
    It's a personal choice I guess, I have a friend that doesn't allow her son to play with guns so if they come over I pack them away, each to their own, and I respect her choice.

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    I won't buy them, they don't fit in with our play style, BUT kids will make guns if they don't have them, out of sticks even... Lol.

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    I'm a born and bred farm girl, so I grew up around guns and think they have their place in life. Learn to use them responsibly and in an appropriate situation and all is well.
    I was strictly taught that weapons are tools, not toys. At the right age I learned to shoot, and the safety procedures were extremely tight to prevent accidents.

    DD doesn't have a gun shaped toy, but she has army men toys that have tanks, guns, parachutes and bayonettes. She likes to re-enact war scenes with My Little Ponies and Pokemon toys with them.

    It doesn't bother me, she's very caring and loving towards animals, has never shown signs of abnormal behaviour with emotion, and doesn't delight in hurting others.
    If she did, apart from getting a psychiatric evaluation, I wouldn't let her have weapon toys.
    Weapon toys don't create violence, they only give the violence that is already there a more obvious outlet.

    If she has friends over I always, always ask the parents what toys their kid isn't allowed to play with. DD isn't allowed Bratz dolls or any of the skankier options, and is not allowed makeup toys, and I make sure to mention this.

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    Absolutely not.

    A gun is a weapon, its purpose it to kill. I don't want my children playing with toys that imitate weapons, whether it be knives, guns or otherwise. I think it sends the wrong message. They won't have violent video games either.
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    We don't have toy weapons.
    My kids LOVE going to houses that do, especially my 3yo. The other day he was trying to hold a gun and three light sabres :/

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    I won't buy fake guns, and of course my son is only two like yours OP - obviously they have no clue what a gun is. I'm sure in years to come though he will get a super soaker, laser thingy. Boys at my dd kindy make themselves guns all the time and talk about killing etc non-stop. I don't know if it's a star wars thing or what, but it isn't either encouraged or discouraged their, it is nonetheless prevalent.

    I will not will not ever buy a shoot me up video game - but I don't doubt my kids will be exposed and possibly play such games as teenagers at other peoples places.

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    I didn't at first buy my son guns as toys but from a very young age he turned everything into a gun. Sticks, textas, blocks, toy hammers & other tools. So I gave in and he has a collection of nerf guns and he makes all sorts of guns out of paper as well. He can make all the different sounds He is a sweet natured and kind boy but he loves playing with guns.

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