Hey there, just wanted to comment and I am not disregarding what you have written as that is yourview and you are entitled to that , but both DH and myself use guns, we have a locked cabinet with 5 guns in it, the kids have been with us whilst using them but we are not violent people and we do not condone violence, the kids are taught the dangers of guns, they know that people shooting guns can cause death etc. We use guns for hunting, they see rabbits shot and either cooked or used for dog food, they see the ducks shot and eaten for dinner.
Our kids when playing with their toy guns go outside and 'hunt' for dinner,that is what they know, we have taught them that guns are NEVER to be pointed at people, not even toys and they are confiscated if they are.
So just wanted to say that we DO NOT say violence is OK
I respect that guns have their place, i.e for farming/hunting purposes, security, war etc; but that place will never be in my home. I believe (like most things) it comes down to the parenting; and unfortunately a lot of the time children are given toy guns and told to 'go play' without any explanation of the rules or what a gun is and can do. I respect the way you have discussed it with your children.
In my opinion, (and it's just that; MY opinion), there is no need for children to be exposed to toy guns.
I would never tell another parent how to raise their child. We make educated, informed decisions about what we feel is best for OUR child. Each to their own.... smile
And in regards to KW60F2, your DP going out and getting a gun on the black market is a pretty extreme and rare demonstration of rebelling. I'd be interested to know if he was educated about guns/violence as a child, or if he came from a more sheltered background?
I have been blessed to be raised in an open minded, educated family. We spoke about everything from history, war, violence, drugs, sex and politics around the dinner table. There was no 'taboo' subject and we were educated on actions and consequences, which left no wondering or desire to go out and do something just because we were told not to.