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Poll: How do you feel about toy guns?

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Some woman got paid to to write a column in a major New Jersey newspaper and cameup with this...


What do you guys think?


 


Recently my mommy friends and I have been discussing toy guns. One friend's son loves to pretend he's a cowboy with full cowboy gear: ten gallon hat, pretend spurs, sheriff badge, and of course a holster for his six shooter. Another friend won't allow any type of toy that even resembles a gun to cross the threshold of their home. So which is the right way to handle it when your child wants to play with toy guns? I think it's a matter of your comfort level with guns themselves.


On Halloween Monday, a 10 year old boy in South Carolina pulled a gun on an adult because she joked about taking his candy. To me, that's tragic. Clearly, this child didn't understand the severity of carrying a gun. I wonder if he ever played with toy guns, or if he ever learned about gun safety..?


I've always been taught to respect guns. As a child, my father took me through gun safety courses so I could learn how to handle a weapon the right way. He then took me to the shooting range to practice what I had learned. TheNRA has 3 basic rules that every gun owner needs to follow: Always point a gun in a safe direction. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. I know those rules by heart because they have been engrained into my being. My dad knows that guns can be dangerous in the wrong hands. The guns themselves aren't what hurt people; it's the lack of education and respect by their handlers. But do toy guns need to have those rules, too? They're not made to kill anything. They're made for pretend play with friends.


My friend whose son likes to play cowboy says they have specific rules during his play. He is not allowed to ever aim the gun at anyone's face. He can only "shoot" in the belly. And he is only allowed to play this game with his parents. They teach him about the differences between real guns and fake. But no matter how educated their son may be, they still get furious stares from onlookers when their son goes in public wearing his pretend play gun holster.


I'm not sure how I feel about toy guns. My kids have them, but they aren't drawn to them as some other kids are. They play with them on occasion, but they're not among their favorites. They don't even really call them guns. To them, they are "water squirters" or "ghost shooters" or something similar. I'm not certain they would even compare their toys to the actual thing. I never made the comparison myself, but I'm also finding that my kids aren't ME. They have their own minds that pick up everything around them. It's just another thing that needs to be taught - hopefully engrained- into their pliable, spongy brains.


How do you feel about toy guns? Do your kids play with them or do you ban them from your house?




 


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I find nothing wrong with children playing cowboy with the full get up.  I find it's much better than some of tlhese video games that are out there.


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I think I had some Roy Rogers six shooters as a child. I last wore them watching The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

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I think I had some Roy Rogers six shooters as a child. I last wore them watching The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.



That was just about an hour ago. . . .was it not?   :))


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My 4 YOA grandson plays cops and clears the upstairs and searches for me. He finds me and we have a shoot out. He wins!!!!


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Beowulf_7 choose your words carefully. Remember I know where you live.LOL

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Toy guns, "cowboys and indians", "cops and robbers", "army". All part of growing up. I would much rather my Grandkids play out in the yard with toy guns than to sit in front of a TV and game console any day!!! My only concern is someone thinking the gun is real!


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How the heck did anybody who is now over the age of 30 manage to survive our childhoods?  We had toy guns, toy bazookas, toy mortars, toy grenades, six-guns, toy bows and arrows, toy swords and an arsenal of other weapons of various types and sizes.  The greatest majority of us grew up just fine and didn't become mass murderers or extreme gun nuts. 


Maybe it was because our parents took the time to "Parent" and talked to us about the difference between what is real and what is fake.  People are far to "Politically Correct" today and want to ban anything and everything that even resembles a weapon.  Gimme a break will ya?


 


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bump Retleo, that's it in a nutshell


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How the heck did anybody who is now over the age of 30 manage to survive our childhoods?  We had toy guns, toy bazookas, toy mortars, toy grenades, six-guns, toy bows and arrows, toy swords and an arsenal of other weapons of various types and sizes.   



BUMP!!!!!


In addition to the arsenal of weapons and such, we also had Jarts:



Now the kids are stuck (no pun intended) with this junk:



PARENTS, BE PARENTS AND TEACH YOUR KIDS!!!!!


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Retleo says ...



How the heck did anybody who is now over the age of 30 manage to survive our childhoods?  We had toy guns, toy bazookas, toy mortars, toy grenades, six-guns, toy bows and arrows, toy swords and an arsenal of other weapons of various types and sizes.   



BUMP!!!!!


In addition to the arsenal of weapons and such, we also had Jarts:



Now the kids are stuck (no pun intended) with this junk:



PARENTS, BE PARENTS AND TEACH YOUR KIDS!!!!!



Hey Tim, how the heck are you supposed to skewer any of your friends with these. LOL


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YES, PLEASE!!!!!  ALL OF THEM!!! 







OK.  WELL MAYBE NOT THE CIGARETTES...




BUT YES TO THE CIGARS!!! 




AND YES KOOLAID IN THE RUM JUG!!! 



BEST OF ALL!!! 



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I know it's probably silly, but I don't like the kids to play with toy guns .  I am now going to contradict that statement by saying I LOVE water pistols and allow those.


 


You all have very valid views on this topic and I may reconsider my policy.  Why as a matter of fact, I had the cowgirl outfit including my trusty six shooter when I was a youngster.  I would like to think I didn't turn out too bad and certainly have no inclination to go on a rampage.  Of course what I hear of most often is news regarding children finding parents weapons and some innocent person or child getting shot.  If the children had toy guns maybe they wouldn't be so quick to look for or handle the real deal.

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Over the years I have received this email four or five times and I smile while reading it every time!!  Enjoy.


TO ALL THE KID S WHO SURVIVED the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!


First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.


They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.


Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.


We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.


As infants &children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.


Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.


We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.


We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.


We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because, WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.


No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.


We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.


We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms.......


WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!


We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.


We ate worms and mud pies made fro m dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.


We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.


We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!


Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!


The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!


These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!


The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.


We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!


If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!


You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good .


While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.


Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!


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It's called parenting.


Teach a child safety with guns and toy guns.


Teach the child how serious a gun can be, because if you just lock the guns away, the kids are going to want to play with the guns even more.

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Bump DL.

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Toy Gun yes. NOw have any of these phyciatrists ever see how many of these bad guys never got to play with toy guns?

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 I was a 90' kid and still lived by 95% of the list.  As for the toy gun, I never owned anything as realilistic as those pictured but I still had some that came close (with orange tip).  I never really had a snap gun though, atleast one that worked but the broken one does look real.  But Nerf did help me learn precision, bullet drop, and kentucky windage and I never had to use trial and error with real ammo.  Also I have never been arrested for a gun related crime (well never arrested for anything else neither).

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Bump Retleo,  And Guns are A-OK in my Home also


WOW! I had some of the coolest Toy Guns um! in the 70's, We played Cowboys and Indians, Soldiers, and Cops n Robbers with four Brothers, I was less likely to survive the Brothers than the toy guns.


I do believe in the bright orange tip because their are so many realistic looking Toy guns out there.


I believe that using one's imagination Is much healthier for children than playing those violent anti-Cop video games.


I also believe in teaching our children at a young age, How to use a real gun, and don't stop teaching.....  Lot's of Gun Safety


I found an old set of battery operated radios around the house last week,  My six year old Marine Grandson and I had the best time playing Cops n Bad Guys, The first thing he asks, Is where are our Guns Grandmom?  I quickly grabbed two combs from the bathroom, Hey!  We had to improvise, The bad guy was after us.  "Still waiting on Mom to approve toy Guns for the Grandkids"


He was my Partner and I made an Officer down call, he had to locate me and keep good radio communication, clear the area and save me,  He did GOOD!


You should have saw the Pride when he saved Grandmom. YEA He wants to be a Police Officer.


When Daddy gets back from Afghanistan, He will teach his son more on Gun Safety, Grandmom will also , He will own one of my first guns a Marlin single shot 22, I got when I turned 10, The Daisy BB Gun did not last long enough to pass on, Lol.


He's getting orange Nerf guns for Christmas, nothing realistic looking though, he knows Daddy n Grandmom have real guns and what they are for.


It took us a while to convince Mom that we could handle teaching the kids Gun safety , and that it would be ok to have bright color toy guns. YEAH!


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Bump Top_Cat


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I had Matel Shootin' shells with Greenie Stick M Caps among other stuff...


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THIS RULES!!!


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I had Matel Shootin' shells with Greenie Stick M Caps among other stuff...



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 First off that matel gun is awesome.  Also, I guess Marlin is a great gun because I actually have my Dad's Marlin .22.  It needs to be cleaned a little though because it's been so long that it has collected dust, especially where the safety lever is.

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THANK YOU!!!!!


You gave me a great idea! I WILL let my kids play with toy guns....so I can see what they will DO with them! They try to stick anyone up for Halloween candy, they get grounded til they're 30, and I get parenting help...


Guns don't kill people, PEOPLE kill people.


BTW, when did we as a nation quit examining the integrity of our kids?


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Let kids be kids. I hate when I hear parents say they want to be their childs friend. You have to be a parent first. Your children have lots and lots of friends. They only have you as a their parent. You can still be there as a parent.

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Bump Freezy... I remember as a kid playing cowboys and indians, and doing it on horse back lol... Those were some of the best times of my life!  We spent hours playing "shoot out at the OK corral" around the barn... 


But really, my girls Dad and I have always had a gun on our hip, they are always aware of it and know what to do if we are ever out and God forbid, something happens.  We have talked to them about it often and will usually remind them before an outting.  They have handled the guns, know about gun safety and the "Rules of the range" as well as how they apply in real life!  What is the world coming to???


 


 


 


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THANK YOU!!!!!


 


Guns don't kill people, PEOPLE kill people.


BTW, when did we as a nation quit examining the integrity of our kids?



Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.

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Bump Freezy... I remember as a kid playing cowboys and indians, and doing it on horse back lol... Those were some of the best times of my life!  We spent hours playing "shoot out at the OK corral" around the barn... 


But really, my girls Dad and I have always had a gun on our hip, they are always aware of it and know what to do if we are ever out and God forbid, something happens.  We have talked to them about it often and will usually remind them before an outting.  They have handled the guns, know about gun safety and the "Rules of the range" as well as how they apply in real life!  What is the world coming to???



BUMP!!!!!

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Retleo says ...



How the heck did anybody who is now over the age of 30 manage to survive our childhoods?  We had toy guns, toy bazookas, toy mortars, toy grenades, six-guns, toy bows and arrows, toy swords and an arsenal of other weapons of various types and sizes.  The greatest majority of us grew up just fine and didn't become mass murderers or extreme gun nuts. 


Maybe it was because our parents took the time to "Parent" and talked to us about the difference between what is real and what is fake.  People are far to "Politically Correct" today and want to ban anything and everything that even resembles a weapon.  Gimme a break will ya?


 


Bump ! Top Cat and Retleo


 I grew up playing cowboys and Indians, we all did. Our parents taught us what was right and wrong. We played and had old fashion fun, we use our imagination. How sad most of the children today will never know this fun, as they are to busy playing on the computer or texting. 





 


Bump.  We had everything except toys of mass destruction unless the Hasbro Howitzer Canon counts.  Good times.  Grenades that were cap loaded even had safety pins.   Bonanza six shooter and ammo belt with "real" bullets that took a cap on the back of each one.  Playtime was fun, noisy, and the air was filled with smoke. 


How boring play has become for today's children.


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remember toy guns are just that a toy. nothing wrong with a toy gun of course i have taught my son the diffrence in toy guns and real guns. i can leave my gun in plain sight he refuses to touch it . now hes 8 has a shot gun and rifle of his own. they remain locked and he has a respect of guns and knows the intended purpose.... play with the toys. real guns hurt people.  just make sure we teach the diffrence.

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you mean all the army guns , pirate guns , star wars guns my son owns is a bad thing??

I think as long as you educate your children the dangers of REAL guns there should not be an issue....


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