Or should I say…. BOYS playing guns.
From the time Porter was little, I was very anti-guns. I didn’t see the point in letting my child “pretend” to be violent. It seemed so… vulgar and just not necessary.
I’ve stuck to my guns (haha… pun intended) and we don’t own any toy guns. I don’t allow them in my house and I just plain don’t care to support that type of play in my own home. However, Porter has friends that DO play guns and DO have guns at their house and Porter, despite not ever playing at home, has picked up the “fun” idea that boys LOVE playing guns… and he LOVES to go “bear hunting” with Donnie. I have to say, its frickin cute to see them tromping through the woods “hunting” bears and building little stick campfires.
But… what about when it goes beyond “playing hunting”…. I guess hunting I can see… hunting I can allow. Many of my friends’ husbands hunt and my dad hunted and well, it was always something I was exposed to as a child. However, as a “girl” I never really cared to play “hunting”…. (I was more of the ‘play veterinarian’ type LOL!). Anyhow, there have been a few instances where Porter made the comment to “shoot that person” for being wrong etc…. like if someone cut me off on the highway and he asked why I slammed on my brakes. “I’ll shoot that car!”
Uh…. no. frickin. way. So of course we have a long talk about how you DO NOT shoot people. It is NOT RIGHT and you would GO TO JAIL. Its enough to make me want to say NO playing guns ever…. no matter if your friend is playing guns while you are stuck playing with cars etc…
I’m just not sure what to do… it seems like such natural obsession for boys… you should see my 1st grade class… boys are building guns out of legos and peg blocks and crackers and snipping them out of paper. Its just so WEIRD how natural an obsession it is. And I hate it.
So… what is your stance on guns… on playing guns, owning toy guns, playing “hunting” etc…. Am I being overprotective and anal, or am I being sensible in not wanting my boys to play this gruesome fantasy game?