My son can have a toy doll, sure – but no, he can’t have a toy gun for kids. Here’s why…
There’s some things parents frankly take wayyy too seriously. Withholding chocolate from their child until they are teenagers (how is that even possible!?), not letting them watch ‘Grange Hill’ (yup, showing my age) and being a stickler for bath time every-single-night, even if the hot water’s off, even if they have a headcold, dammit even if there’s an apocalypse!
I am not one of those parents.
But there is something that bugs me, and I’m quite adamant about. My son will not own toy guns.
Now here’s the thing. I’m not into trains, planes or cars, yet somehow my son has adopted these toys in a way I can’t fathom. He’s obsessed. It makes me realise nature really does take over sometimes – these things are inbuilt.
But interestingly and thankfully, shooting people with guns isn’t one of those ‘things’. Making me think, well what’s the point in even giving them a pretend toy gun for kids?
To be clear, I’m not talking water pistols or water based toys which have their place and are not about ‘killing’ people, but just having fun in the water.
I’m talking about black replica hand guns, pistols, rifles – the sort of weapons that America would be safer without.
I made a decision a while ago, that I didn’t want to desensitise my son to guns, albeit toy versions.
If I sound preachy for a moment, forgive me, I don’t mean to. I’m not perfect in any way and make parent fails by epic proportions all the time. But just like you, I’m trying to navigate my way around parenting, doing my best, and this is how.
Still not convinced?
Well listen to this, in America, where they believe it’s their right to own a gun for their own protection – there were 64 school shootings last year (source: BBC), which is both obscene and preventable. And what’s even more scary is that 265 people were accidentally SHOT BY KIDS in USA last year too (source: Washington Post – quoted below)
At least 265 children under the age of 18 picked up a firearm and accidentally shot themselves or someone else with it in 2015, according to numbers compiled by the gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety.
It’s a scary thought, and makes me think that we kind of have it right over here in the UK.
What are your thoughts, share them with me…
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