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Donna Jo Tanner 1 child; Beach Haven, New Jersey 6440 posts
30th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Monica♥YASDYARDFR:</b>" I don't understand how toy guns teach gun safety. "</blockquote>




They don't at all! I'm pro gun and am not opposed to them as toys but I certainly don't agree that they are good "practice." Gun safety needs to be taken seriously. In order for us to maintain out right to own them we need to not be careless. Playing with guns in no way teaches them anything but the difference between a toy and the real thing, and that's only when you take the time to show them that difference.

user banned Due March 16; 18 kids; Springfield, Georgia 8473 posts
30th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Monica♥YASDYARDFR:</b>" I don't understand how toy guns teach gun safety. "</blockquote>



For example, my son was never aloud to shoot people or animals with his toy gun. After he got his BB gun he already knew he wasn't aloud to shoot people or animals. Some of his toy guns also have a "safety" switch, which teaches him about the safety switch on a real gun. If you throw a toy gun down most times the sound will go off. This can also happen with real guns, so he knows not to just throw them down. He was taught to unload his toy gun every time he got done playing with it like he would a real gun.



It's really simple & a lot safer.

Booger & Bubba's Mommy 18 kids; Illinois 8136 posts
30th Jul '13

We let them play with water guns. They don't have any others but will use sticks & their hockey sticks as guns. We make sure they know NOT to to it at school as it will result in expulsion.



As for real guns not right now. They know not to touch them, if they find one they are to go get an adult & bring them to the gun, not bring the gun to the adult. My oldest has watched them being shot & doesn't like the noise. My youngest hates all noise, won't even watch fireworks cause the noise bothers him.

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
30th Jul '13
Quoting CrushingGuts *TKO*:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Monica♥YASDYARDFR:</b>" I don't understand how toy guns ... [snip!] ... but the difference between a toy and the real thing, and that's only when you take the time to show them that difference."


Yep, this. Which is why I'm so uneasy about them having any guns that LOOK like actual guns. So they are never confused with what a real one is from a toy one.

ρiηkie ρie 3 kids; 3 angel babies; Kentucky 21902 posts
30th Jul '13

DD has water guns and nerf guns, I don't have a problem with those types of toy guns.

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
30th Jul '13
Quoting Sara [+2]:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Monica♥YASDYARDFR:</b>" I don't understand how toy guns ... [snip!] ... to unload his toy gun every time he got done playing with it like he would a real gun. It's really simple & a lot safer."


What does he shoot? Unless he is outside shooting a target and nothing else, how is it teaching safety? I really don't get that. Unless you'd allow him to have a real gun in the house iwth him running around with it, then you're totally mixing signals by teaching him how to handle "real" guns with a toy gun, if all the rules aren't the same.

user banned 2 kids; Silly, Belgium 6539 posts
30th Jul '13
Quoting Sara [+2]:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Monica♥YASDYARDFR:</b>" I don't understand how toy guns ... [snip!] ... to unload his toy gun every time he got done playing with it like he would a real gun. It's really simple & a lot safer."


I think that's cool and interesting. What does he do with his BB gun? My daughter is almost 4 and I couldn't personally imagine giving her one anytime soon. But we're also not into hunting or anything so there isn't much of a reason to get her involved in it lol.

Donna Jo Tanner 1 child; Beach Haven, New Jersey 6440 posts
30th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting she nan igans:</b>" Yep, this. Which is why I'm so uneasy about them having any guns that LOOK like actual guns. So they are never confused with what a real one is from a toy one. "</blockquote>




Yeah ds won't have any toy guns until he is old enough to understand that the real ones are different. So I'm thinking 3-4ish. My nephew now knows the difference and he's 4. He got in trouble at daycare a few times for taking a stick and pretending its a gun so my brother sat down and explained it all to him. I think you guns can be a way to teach them but not if you just expect them to know it.

user banned Due March 16; 18 kids; Springfield, Georgia 8473 posts
30th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting she nan igans:</b>" What does he shoot? Unless he is outside shooting a target and nothing else, how is it teaching safety? ... [snip!] ... then you're totally mixing signals by teaching him how to handle "real" guns with a toy gun, if all the rules aren't the same."</blockquote>




All the rules are the same. He's never been aloud to play with a toy gun any differently than a real gun. And he & his dad have metal target things, fake deer, ect... that's what he's aloud to shoot & point his guns at.

Madi's*Mama Due November 2; 1 child; Holland, Michigan 7391 posts
30th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting she nan igans:</b>" I've got to agree with this. Unless the safety rules are practiced with the toy guns, meaning never ... [snip!] ... never pointing it at anything except a target, keeping them locked up, all of that, then it doesn't teach them safety. . . "</blockquote>




Dh said his dad used a toy gun at first to drill gun safety. Not allowed to point it at anyone, how to old it, etc and so that's what he wants to do with dd but I agree I'm a little skeptical on how a toy gun teaches gun safety.

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
30th Jul '13
Quoting CrushingGuts *TKO*:" <blockquote><b>Quoting she nan igans:</b>" Yep, this. Which is why I'm so uneasy ... [snip!] ... say down and explained it all to him. I think you guns can be a way to teach them but not if you just expect them to know it."


My son starting turning anything he found into guns by 2. I don't think punishing him for it was the right move, because I think creative imagination is important. He isn't old enough to understand the difference yet, but him not understanding doesn't change anything IMO. As in, whether or not he pretends things are guns, he still won't understand the danger of guns yet. So keeping him from pretending doesn't keep him any safer. I think teachign them gun safety when they are old enough to understand is important, but I don't think keeping them from pretend play helps if they aren't old enough to understand why they can't pretend that.

user banned 2 kids; Silly, Belgium 6539 posts
30th Jul '13

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user banned Due March 16; 18 kids; Springfield, Georgia 8473 posts
30th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Bob Loblaw _tko_:</b>" I think that's cool and interesting. What does he do with his BB gun? My daughter is almost 4 and I ... [snip!] ... one anytime soon. But we're also not into hunting or anything so there isn't much of a reason to get her involved in it lol."</blockquote>



We live out in the country so he goes in the woods with his dad & they hunt squirrels & birds. They do target practice a lot too.

Donna Jo Tanner 1 child; Beach Haven, New Jersey 6440 posts
30th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Madi's*Mama:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting she nan igans:</b>" I've got to agree with this. Unless the ... [snip!] ... old it, etc and so that's what he wants to do with dd but I agree I'm a little skeptical on how a toy gun teaches gun safety."</blockquote>



My dad did the same with us. Then he bought is each a BB gun at 4. Our family is big on target shooting so that's what we would do. We weren't allowed to have toys guns if we miss used them and if we did we weren't allowed to shoot our real ones until we showed my dad we were responsible with our toy ones.

Donna Jo Tanner 1 child; Beach Haven, New Jersey 6440 posts
30th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting she nan igans:</b>" My son starting turning anything he found into guns by 2. I don't think punishing him for it was the ... [snip!] ... but I don't think keeping them from pretend play helps if they aren't old enough to understand why they can't pretend that."</blockquote>




I agree. My brother just told my nephew about him safety and such, plus that its not appropriate play at school. I think of he was too young to understand he would have told the school to shove it. That would be a little excessive IMO.