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Originally posted by JakiusFogg
reply to post by Kali74
is it a feeling of power assertion by an otherwise powerless individual? is is something intrinsic in our DNA that makes us do this.
Is giveing toy guns to boys any worse than given toy dolls / kitchens to girls. A lot of people balk at the though of given a girl a toy kitchen, and call is sexist stereo typing. Maybe it is, but then so are toy guns.
Lets level the playing field and "empower" our little girls and give them all toy vibrators! hows that??? at least you can't kill someone with a vibrator, but like guns, are meant to be handled only by adults. but its OK its just a toy!! (I am being deliberately extreme here)
Originally posted by JakiusFogg
From the outset let me state that I grew up as a child with toy guns, I played "Cowboys and Indians", cops and robbers etc. when I was older I joined a military youth organization in the UK, where I was taught how to handle not just guns but real weapons, quickly and efficiently with military precision.
Now I am a a father I am torn by the decision as to whether allow my son to play with toy guns also. My initial reaction is not to allow it.
My reasoning for this, is due to the level of violence going on in the world, not just the on going wars, but the level of street violence. I grew up in a place where gun violence was unheard of, or at least very very rare. Now however we live in a place that is awash with guns, Due to the level of access to these weapons that may arise in the future, I do not wish my son to grow up thinking and believing that these weapons are simply toys.
I was shocked the other day, when copying, as kids do, he is playing with a foam sword. (again I am aware this is a weapon) he come to me and make a cutting motion across mt throat and say "I killed you, I cut your throat!"
I am pretty sure I never said anything like this at the age of four. and I have to wonder just where the hell this is coming from?
I am also aware that acting in an over protective manner is not healthy either. But this situation is getting to the point where I feel I need to start educating him to the realities of these "toys" however I do not want to traumatize him either. It is simply at the stage where guns are cool, and his little friends are playing with them. and I wonder whether to simply let him get on with it. or try an eliminate the influence as much as possible.
When he is older, I will teach him myself to to handle them, for the right reasons, to have respect for them, but as of how, he cannot understand such concepts. or can he??
Would appreciate member thoughts on this matter.
Originally posted by swan001
I say, let your kids play with toy gun.
I think it over and over and here is my conclusion: These toys are manner, for a young kid, to let go steam by pretending they shoot off every bad guys in the World.
I think that if you try to keep these toy off them, the'll guess that something is wrong. Thy will get curious. Once adults, they might be more inclined to buy a real gun, because they never had the chance to do it as a kid.
I grew up pretending to shoot Klignons. Now, I am as peacefull as you are. I think the toy will be just a phase in which they'll evacuate their anger and passion before it's too late. As adults, they will remember how silly they were with toys gun and will be less interested in buying one.
My personnal experience.