[gun observations]

[gun observations]

This post has been “inspired” by two events that happened today. They are not related per se, but somewhere deep in the core, I still think they are interconnected.

The first event was the bombing at one of the Moscow’s airports, Domodedovo. My friends from Moscow are okay, but the news still shook everyone up. It was a suicide bomber who somehow got into the airport and detonated the bombs right in front of the arrivals gate. I still cannot understand how he managed to get inside the airport when Russians are quite strict about their security, yet that doesn’t matter anymore.

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We were discussing this with a friend of mine on our way home. I was looking out the window, watching people walking by on the sidewalks, when I saw a couple of kids, not older than 12 years old. One of them aimed a “gun” (he folded his hands with index fingers pointing as the barrel of the “gun”) at the cars that were waiting for the lights to turn, and “shot.” He “shot” our car too.

I know it was a game and he wasn’t serious. I know that boys are different from girls and I, as a girl, will never fully understand the opposite sex in full, yet that little episode scared me. We were just idling, we weren’t doing anything, and yet he decided to “shoot” us. I can live with playing with people you know, but “shooting” random people on the street?

I don’t know what my future husband’s views will be on toys for boys. Maybe we will have all girls, only God knows. But one thing I know – I don’t want any toy guns (maybe only if it’s a water gun) for my kids to have. I don’t want my kids to play with guns that look like anything real, period. I don’t want them to even pretend to kill someone. I know these games will happen, yet still… I want to minimize that.

Otherwise, should we be surprised that kids kill their peers in schools or serial killers prosper?

What do you think? What’s your take on letting kids play with toy guns?

  • Interesting subject you bring up Zee. There are those who think to take away guns or light sabres, etc from boys is to "girlicize" them. I can't use the word on the blog that others use. There are those on the other side who say "no guns or violent toys" at all. I never had to answer that since I had two girls who never had an interest in guns of any kind. I don't hunt so there is not even one in the house. I took a lot of flack because I used to watch McGyver, who was definitely anti-gun. But when I was a boy I played cowboys and indians and army and I did not turn out violent at all. All that to say…I really have no clue what to think. 🙂

    • I really have no clue what to think – haha, you're a big help, bro 😀 just kiddin'.

      I guess there is a fine line between just games and violent games. I don't think i'll be able to ban guns completely in my household, but I just want my kids to know that killing's no good. And like I said, i can sort of understand playing at home or with friends pretending to shoot each other, but when the kids start "shooting" random people on the street? Maybe I overreacted, that is also a possibility.

      Thanks for taking time to share your thoughts, Bill 🙂

  • j4man

    My son got a shotgun for Christmas and he has a BB gun. He can only use the shotgun when we are hunting or target shooting. The BB gun we have set up a target for him to shoot at. I say to say that when you teach children about guns and gun safety it helps them see that guns are dangerous. I watched shows and movies with guns as a kid, I played army and the such, but also my dad taught me about them. This is not necessarily answering your question but it is how I learned about gun and gun safety and how I am teaching my son about it.

    Making me think early in the morning here in the USA…. 🙂

    • 🙂 Thinking is good for the brain 😀 But thanks for stopping by 🙂

      it is how I learned about gun and gun safety and how I am teaching my son about it – yes, this kind of "education" is an important part, especially considering that there is so much violence in the world these days and the ideals are messed up sometimes.

      thanks!

  • Interesting thought, Zee. I played with toy guns. My son played with toy guns. In fact, I still remember the extreme joy as a pre-teen going to the hardware store to purchase my first BB gun with the allowance I had saved up.

    But to me, the key is great parenting. If a child respects himself, knows he's loved, and is taught what guns can do to people, I don't have a problem with it.

    But I can certainly understand your point of view. Definitely.

    • the key is great parenting – yes, indeed.

      thanks, Scott.

  • I was like that little boy. I used to play guns all the time (that is, I would play guns when I wasn't playing G.I. Joe or transformers). I'd even play guns just so that I could argue about who shot whom. I think that it is important for boys to "play like lion cubs" because it is important for men to learn to stand firm. It is a father's job, however, to use these things to teach his sons.

    I grew up around real guns. I was shooting pop cans with bb guns before I was 10 years old, but my dad always taught us the rules about guns and how to use them safely. We'd have missed out on a lot of fun and responsibility without them.

    • Men should stand firm but that doesn't mean attacking every single thing.

      Seriously, why do we wonder that the level of violence has risen?

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