Should children be allowed own guns?

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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Today I bought my daugher a water pistol.
Is it immoral to allow a child to play with an item, which is in the shape of a war weapon, despite the fact that it is made from brightly coloured plastic, and shoots water, rather than bulluts or is it just harmless fun for the neighbourhood kids?
There are many refugees from war torn countries, in my neighbourhood. Is allowing my child, to play with such a toy insensitive to these people.

Please give your opinions. I will in no way interpret whatever opinions people give as offensive. I am just interested to know, what people think. I realise that many would be of the opinion that children should not play with fake guns, Barbies dolls, toy soldiers......


2. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

For some reason, I see a difference between squirt guns that look like real guns and ones that look like sci-fi or fantasy guns. I wouldn't buy a kid a squirt gun that looks real but a super soaker or some other silly looking water gun seems ok because it keeps things on a silly level and not so close to pretending like you are actually killing someone. Kids will play shooter with just about anything even if you never give them a gun. They'll shoot rubber bands or balls or whatever is handy. But I think it's better if the play isn't too close to the real thing so kids don't get comfortable with the idea of pointing a gun at someone.

3. Posted by kruzinkiwi (Budding Member 152 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I grew up playing with super soakers and cap guns I think its ok,they dont know the real world and just having fun,and as for the other neighbours well it is just a toy were talking about.:)

4. Posted by draggons (Full Member 113 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Think every kid grew up playing with toy guns but in this age of political corectness the do gooders are telling you that it's improper and may lead on to wanting to play with the real thing. I supose it all depends on where you live as well, few years ago in Londond a guy was shot by police with a chair leg in a carrier bag!!! But as for morally wrong Mel, no way. Got a couple of mega blasters stashed ready for next years Songkram

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the replies!!!;)