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Old 06-26-2006, 03:16 PM
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Dallas wants to ban toy guns...

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Old 06-26-2006, 03:22 PM
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I realize I'm gonna get barraged for this, but I wouldn't allow my son to have toy guns. Why would I want him to act like he's shooting someone?
 
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Old 06-26-2006, 03:26 PM
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I realize I'm gonna get barraged for this, but I wouldn't allow my son to have toy guns. Why would I want him to act like he's shooting someone?
That's your choice as a parent, but do you think that you should be legislating your morality and forcing it on everybody else?
 
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Old 06-26-2006, 03:31 PM
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Old 06-26-2006, 03:31 PM
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...now real guns is a different story.
 
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Old 06-26-2006, 04:45 PM
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I realize I'm gonna get barraged for this, but I wouldn't allow my son to have toy guns. Why would I want him to act like he's shooting someone?
I have sons and toy guns were sort of just part of growing up.

Interesting story. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law decided their son was not ever going to have a toy gun, watch shows with guns, etc. etc. Well the kid would pick up sticks, bannanas, etc and turn them into guns or he'd jsut point his finger like a gun. He'd run around pointing them at people and things going bang bang. It really cracked me up because they were so adament about the gun issue and it just came so natural to him.

I guess boys will be boys.
 
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Old 06-26-2006, 04:47 PM
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I have sons and toy guns were sort of just part of growing up.

Interesting story. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law decided their son was not ever going to have a toy gun, watch shows with guns, etc. etc. Well the kid would pick up sticks, bannanas, etc and turn them into guns or he'd jsut point his finger like a gun. He'd run around pointing them at people and things going bang bang. It really cracked me up because they were so adament about the gun issue and it just came so natural to him.

I guess boys will be boys.

So true. Every control freak parent I've known has had it back-fire on them.
 
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Old 06-26-2006, 05:33 PM
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So true. Every control freak parent I've known has had it back-fire on them.
Pun intended?
 
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Old 06-26-2006, 05:35 PM
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So true. Every control freak parent I've known has had it back-fire on them.
I really wouldn't call myself a freak parent just because I didn't want my son to grow up "pretending" to shoot guns. I think that makes sense.
 
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Old 06-26-2006, 06:13 PM
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I really wouldn't call myself a freak parent just because I didn't want my son to grow up "pretending" to shoot guns. I think that makes sense.
It's kind of natural for boys to play cops and robbers, or some variation. Shetering a kid very rarely has the intended result.

Curious, how do you feel about your kids watching TV shows that portay good vs evil (pretty much the motif of every tv show out there)?
 
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Old 06-26-2006, 06:22 PM
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I realize I'm gonna get barraged for this, but I wouldn't allow my son to have toy guns. Why would I want him to act like he's shooting someone?
Agreed 100%!

There's no way that I can stop my child from seeing violence, but I can sure as hell discourage it in my home by not inviting it (allowing toy guns). Maybe it shouldn't be legislated, but I don't want it in my house.
 
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Old 06-26-2006, 06:23 PM
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It's a different story now because they aren't small anymore. It's a kind of natural for parents to want to shelter children from things they feel will have a negative effect on them.

I "controlled" their tv viewing as well. I felt I was responsible for shelter.
 
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Old 06-26-2006, 06:28 PM
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If other people want to give their sons toy guns, I don't care...but I will never believe in that saying that "boys will be boys". Not all boys are wild animals who find violent role play to be entertaining.

It never occurred to me to give my son a toy gun. Like...why would I want him to pretend he's shooting someone? I've never understood what's to be learned by doing that....

To this day, my son has yet to ever show interest in guns or any other weapons for that matter. I never let my son (or daughter) watch "graphically violent" movies, so they never developed a taste for them. If my husband wants to watch a war themed or violent movie, my son will leave the room. He thinks it's scary and not entertaining at all. (which is fine with me!)
 
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Old 06-26-2006, 06:30 PM
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It's always nice to meet other "freak" parents.
 
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It's always nice to meet other "freak" parents.


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Old 06-26-2006, 06:36 PM
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I never understood the arguement...

"Well, they're going to see/hear/do it somewhere, so you might as well let them see/hear/do it because you can't prevent it."

True enough, that you might not be able to prevent it. And, people (not just kids) tend to be attracted to things they can't have/do (the forbidden). But, why, then, does it necessarily follow, that I HAVE TO just throw in the towel and give in to it? Write it off as inevitable?

Taken to extremes, my kids are probably going to witness violence and/or porn at some point in their lives. Do I just order up the latest porn on pay-per-view and let my 12 year old watch it? Throw up my hands and say "Well, he'll see it sooner or later, anyway."? That just doesn't make sense to me. You have to try to do what you can and talk to your kids about all things so that they can make (hopefully) a proper decision when faced with something when you're not there.
 
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Old 06-26-2006, 06:39 PM
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If other people want to give their sons toy guns, I don't care...but I will never believe in that saying that "boys will be boys". Not all boys are wild animals who find violent role play to be entertaining.
I never saw any violence in playing with toy guns. None.
 
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That's been my philosophy since they were babies. It does become much more difficult once they get older, but they know they won't see certain things in our home. I had a unique situation with "dad" who encouraged them to watch and do things that he knew I would never allow - but I never changed the rules here regardless.

Some parents openly said things to me (like John did above) but I felt I had an obligation to "postpone reality."
 
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I never saw any violence in playing with toy guns. None.
Well....it's gotta be more violent than playing with an Easy Bake Oven.
 
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Old 06-26-2006, 06:44 PM
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Some parents openly said things to me (like John did above) but I felt I had an obligation to "postpone reality."
My sister did that. Sheltered her son. No TV. No rock and roll or rap because of the violent motif that often occurs in those genres.

Somehow he ended up in prison at 14. He would sneak out at night and set fire to peoples houses with the people still in them. Of course, they sued my sister and she pretty much lost everything.
 
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