We do allow our children to play with toy guns. My husband is a hunter and the kids are taught from a very young age how to properly handle guns. We eat a lot of deer, etc that my husband kills, so guns are important to our family. My two oldest girls both have B.B. guns of their own-the nine year-old even has her own shotgun(all of which the must use only when their dad is with them). The two oldest girls have been squirrel hunting, coyote hunting, and deer hunting. When not in use, all of our guns are kept under lock and key in the safe. Our kids know that guns a tools, not toys. I feel that it's better to teach them how to use a gun properly and to show them the power guns have.
My husband is a hunter and when the kids were little they were taught to respect guns. Sure the kids had toy guns, but they knew that if they were playing they NEVER aimed a gun at another human. They only time was when they had squirt guns. All guns are locked up seperately from the ammo. My son is in school with a kid that shoots guns for competitions. They are graduating in a few weeks and I saw his senior picture with him and his gun. If children are raised to respect them it is very unlikely that they will be curious about them and possibly hurt themselves or someone else with them. Beth
right now- no playing with real looking guns. he does have a squirt gun but it looks like a seahorse. guns are not toys, they are tools and weapons. when he is older i plan on him learning gun safety followed by hunting and target shooting. we are not a hunting/shooting gun owning unit but other members of my family do own guns. i would like my son to be able to go out shooting with my brothers and his cousins.
my boys definitely do not play with toy guns. They also don't play with toy soldiers, etc - eventually they will learn about that stuff, but we live in NYC, and the only people who own guns here are NOT role models for my kids
My children are all girls from 14 to 7. They have wood toy guns (will use sticks also) and real guns. All four have their own pink BB gun. My husband has guns as well. They have been taught respect for any gun/weapon from the beginning. Our rule for any gun whether toy or not is that you only point and shot at what you are going to eat or pretend to eat. My husband insists that they handle toy guns as if they were real. I think this has allowed them to see guns as tools more then weapons