sierraleone, on Jun 25 2003, 08:00 PM, said:
Oh jeez, now I've probably horrified Chiron,
^And you love to do it!
Okay, starting again. Perhaps it is one type of gun that is the issue. I didn't grow up with a hippy mom so I played with guns as a kid too (I preferred to be an Indian with a bow & arrow) I had squirt guns, cap guns, and Zack I had a phaser that shot plastic disks and it was during the second season of Star Trek when it first aired!
The guns I was describing do not look like the fun plastic toys I had. I have many hippy mom friends who are horrified at any gun. I am not like that. The boys have squirt guns that look like futuristic missle lauchers. Hubby has a bb-gun.
The gun I was describing looks and feels real. It has weight it is made of metal. It has a powerful shooting range, for all intends and purposes it is a real gun that shoots plastic shells.
Yes, I agree that teaching gun safety is vital. We did that. We are treating this as if it is a real gun since it almost is. The difference being a real gun would not stay in the child's hands as they go off to play war games. It would be locked away when target practice is done.
Still the first thing the oldest did was to point it at the second son and terrorize him with it. This is at our house where I am around all the time since I have a home office. I have no idea what will be done with this gun now that it has gone with them to their mom's house where supervision is a lot less. It went with him since most of his friends live up in the valley where they are at.
But note too--- I DID give the gun back to him. I told him that I would trust him again to use it right, but if he blows it again he is too immature to have a gun like this.
And it is true, really no exaggeration, the gun that we got him looks real enough that a policeman could over react to it. Especially if a child is using it in a threatening way.
Do any of you have a kid with a gun like this? And if you do, are you concerned about it or is your child better at handling what amounts to a real gun unsupervised. I am not asking with any sarcasm, just want to know. Cuz I am trying to be cool here.
"Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do all creatures." -- HH The Dalai Lama