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    Quote Originally Posted by MothersInstinct View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by MothersInstinct View Post
    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.
    This exactly!

    We have one rule not to shoot at people or the gun gets removed. Ds is 3.5 and doesn't aim at people or animals cause he knows the deal. (unless it's a water gun) he has so much fun running around outside shooting pretend monsters, bad guys etc usually with his superman cape on. Lol

    We didn't decide for him to have a gun. He chose he wanted one one day and we went with it. If he showed no interest then we wouldn't have given him one. Just like a doll, he has a doll cause he showed interest.

    I don't see any harm. My in-laws have a farm and it was inevitable that he would come across guns in his teen years anyway. So if he instictly learns not to aim at people then I am ok with it

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    DH does competitive pistol shooting, so I don't think we can really keep that from DD if she's interested!

    I have no issue with guns. I see them as the same as a knife, a car, or any other object that could be used as an outlet for human aggression.

    It's probably not something I would buy for DD (other than nerf guns/ super soakers, as we already have these) as it's not something that occurs to me to buy as a toy, but I wouldn't mind if she wanted to play with them - or even if she wanted to take up target shooting when she was older.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToughLove View Post
    She likes to re-enact war scenes with My Little Ponies and Pokemon toys with them.


    sorry but I'm imagining my little ponies lined up against pokemon in a war battle like the battle scene from Braveheart and it seems so funny!!!!

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    Like a previous post I don't have a huge issue with guns - they are just a tool that tragically some people use for very wrong reasons.
    I learnt how to shoot when I was young but my parents did this so my sisters & I would know about gun safety as they had a shotgun on our farm. As a result I never considered touching the gun without their permission.

    We will need to teach DD gun safety as my parents & younger sister have several shotguns on their farm. They go spotlighting for rabbits regularly & my sister has done some clay target shooting.
    As DD may be exposed to them early we'll be strongly promoting gun safety to her when this arises. She certainly won't have access to the guns (always kept locked in a strong gunsafe) until shes an appropriate age & never unsupervised.
    I doubt we will buy any toy guns aside from a super soaker/water gun though. Just not something that I feel should be a toy. That being said I recall running around with my sisters shooting baddies & monsters with sticks and our hands so a good education in ethics, responsibility & safety might be the best way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mopoke View Post

    sorry but I'm imagining my little ponies lined up against pokemon in a war battle like the battle scene from Braveheart and it seems so funny!!!!
    Oh don't joke, it's verrryy serious

    The ponies are the mounted cavalry, with Xmen characters on them, usually armed with pencils.

    The pokemon are separated based on 'type' {electric, fire, water, etc} and evolutionary level, and divided into groups.

    Army men are on dinosaurs to defend the "territory", which is usually the doll house with the plastic trees set up around it.

    Then comes strategic manoeuvrings, Pokemon flanking the dinosaur-men and being swooped and pecked to death by army men who are riding pterodactyls.

    The house is usually over run, in which case everyone has a party/it is made into Xavier's School for the Gifted and everyone has to become Xmen/it's made into Paradise Estate and the ponies have a nursery there....whatever she thinks she appropriate.

    If it's defended by the army-dinosaurs, all the trees are trampled in the battle and they have to make new farms, in which case the ponies push and pull the army trucks and work the fields {at this point I'm harrassed into going outside and dig up weeds and dandelions for "crops"}, and everyone becomes cowboys to herd the pokemon across the desert to rescue the lego men trapped in the toy box.

    My qustion of "What are you playing?" prompts a half an hour explanation which is delivered in a very "Well DUH" tone, so I try and keep out of it.

    Me: "So why don't the dinosaurs eat the crops?"
    Her: -blank look- ".....because it's THEIR crops...."

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    I'm not into guns as toys, so my boys don't own any, but I have my firearms licence, so I'm not adverse to them learning about guns when they are of an age to be responsible (like 18 or something? Not sure, never thought about it before too much) and they can go rabbit and or possum shooting if they wish (Yes, possums are NOXIOUS pests here in NZ)

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    DP has a gun for work but it never comes home and even though it's essential for her job, no way will our kids have toy guns.

    Guns are weapons not toys, so I won't be encouraging gun play. If they're older and want to get their firearms licence and I have no say in it, that's fine. But we won't encourage gun play at our house

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    We have bubble guns, water pistols, etc. that all resemble guns, but I have a lot of fun with dd and even the dog. Of course the water pistols are aimed at each other, but the sticky dart one is for the dart board, and the bubble gun shoots bubbles everywhere. Did you know you can get bacon flavoured bubbles from the pet shop? So much fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veve View Post
    my boys dont own any guns .. but gosh they get excited when they find guns at other kids homes .. they LOVE chasing each other and getting the badies ..

    I find with kids .. if you dont buy them guns, they make them - either from sticks... or with their fingers .. or even with lego ..

    My boys have never watched anything other than G or PG programs, and they STILL love battles, teaming up to fight the bad guys etc ..

    I think its more important to educate the difference between real and play (fiction) than ban .. jmo though.
    I'm interested to know if kids aren't exposed to guns on TV and if it's just a boy thing then where do they learn it from?
    They must get from somewhere surely it's not natural behavior to pick up a stick and "shoot" with it, cave babies did'nt have guns...


 

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