Actress Mila Kunis recently shared her parenting choices at eonline.com: Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher Keep a Gun at Their House—Find Out Why and What She Said About Baby Wyatt. Mila Kunis displays a high level of firearms expertise in her movies (let’s hope so, considering the extensive training she receives in order to do so), but her view on “gun parenting” are wide of the mark. As a mother about the same age as Kunis and an avid gun owner who can also “take a gun apart and put it back together blindfolded,” I profoundly disagree with this statement . . .
“My child shouldn’t be as well trained as us, nor should she know there is a weapon in the house—ever,” added the actress, who underwent weapons training for the films Max Payne and Jupiter Ascending.
Ms. Kunis is telling the world she won’t EVER tell her child there is a gun in the home.
When it comes to firearms – or safety in general – ignorance is not bliss. Failing to train your children about gun safety leaves them clueless about the proper course of action if and when they encounter a gun – which could be anywhere. Lying to your children about the presence of a gun in the house is the fastest way to ensure that they won’t know what to do if they encounter one. Other than be extremely, dangerously curious.
As Kunis’ nine-month-old daughter Wyatt grows up, she’ll see guns used in movies, like the ones her mother stars in. She’ll see stories about guns on TV and the internet. Naturally, Wyatt will become curious and ask questions about guns. By lying to her daughter about the presence of a gun or guns in her home, Kunis will be telling her daughter half the story. Even if she explains the pro-gun position, she’ll be saying guns are OK for some people, but not for us. Or you, eventually.
As a mother, I instill a healthy respect for guns into my children as soon as possible. My four-year-old daughter has a pink Red Rider BB gun. She loves shooting it and recites the “rules” she’s been given before using it. She knows more about guns than most of those who comment on the CSGV Facebook page (a low bar, to be sure) and she still wears piggy tails to school.
My children know I carry a gun. They understand they are not to touch my gun and they aren’t to talk about guns with anyone but myself or their father. When I take out the BB gun so my little girl can shoot, she wears safety glasses, hearing protection (even though it’s not needed with a BB gun) and knows she does not touch the gun until she is told she can. She also knows she’s not to touch the trigger until she is told it’s OK to shoot.
My children will grow up understanding what a gun can do and why I have guns in our house. They will respect firearms and they will take responsibility should they decide they wish to partake in the shooting sports as I do. Lying about the availability of a weapon is the absolute wrong way to go about it.
Later in the interview, Kunis admitted that she’s a die-hard Democrat and a staunch Obama supporter. Go figure.