My kids are good with guns. They all know the safety rules; my 11-year-old son outshoots most grown men. The younger ones know not to touch a gun and to walk away from it if Papa isn’t around. They know guns are powerful tools, not toys. So I have strict rule: no playing with guns. Not even toy guns.
A while back, a mother refused to allow her kids to play with my kids because she knew I owned guns. She just didn’t think it was safe for them to be even in an area with guns present, even if they were hidden, even if they were locked away.
When my kids went to her house, they were immediately confused. All her kids did was run around at shoot each other with their toy guns. When they went to a restaurant, the kids kept the gun with them.
I was proud that my kids just didn’t play that game, and went to another room and didn’t play with them. Their mother thought it was ridiculous for me to not allow my kids to pretend to kill other children with toy guns.
Me, I think she’s playing with fire, teaching her kids that it’s ok to shoot each other for fun. She thinks it’s hypocritical of me to teach them about guns, but not let them play with toy guns.
For those of you who have, or have had, kids and guns, do you let your kids play with toy guns?