For the most part I'm a super lazy parent. I tend to say yes unless there's a darn good reason to say NO, and my kids run all over me. I know this and I'm fine with it. But there are some things I do put my foot down on. Some times I do parent. Some things I will just not allow my children to play with. Guns are one of those things. Matt has guns, and I'm fine with that. Guns have a real purpose, I'm not opposed to them, in general. But they aren't toys, and I think it's just horrible that they are treated as such. Guns are for killing, period. That is their purpose. And killing, it isn't something children need to be involved in. Even squirt guns.. you win when you hit the other person. It's training for little ones to encourage what I think is a violent thought process. Nerf guns, same thing. You win when the opponant dies or is hit or goes down, etc. That isn't funny, and it isn't something I feel it's healthy to play at. So my kids don't have guns of any sort.
I hear Kael making this just weird noise shortly after pulling out the Legos........
It just goes to show, we can't shelter our children completely. Not that I'll stop trying.. Although I have to say, I take a little pride in the fact that he only has the vaguest idea of the shape of a "gung", and he honestly thinks the sound a gung makes is GUNGUNGUNGUNGUNGUNGUNG!!!