Should Kids Be Playing with Toy Guns?

I don’t know if you remember but I was very against Ethan playing with toy guns when he was younger. My Dad was very excited to buy him toy guns but I stopped him, telling him that I dislike Ethan playing with weapons eventhough they are just toys. Obviously my dad was very disappointed, annoyed even but he respected my stand. I was even interviewed by a newspaper publication yet I vehemently stood by my stand that children (especially mine) should not be allowed to play with toy weapons.

Then Ethan grew older. When he was almost 4  years old, my neighbours’ kids came over to our house to play during the school holidays. They were all boys around Ethan’s age. There were no toy guns in my house but those kids are pretty creative. They build their own guns using Ethan’s building blocks. They played ‘war’; throwing grenades and shooting each other. Ethan just stood there watching, not knowing what to do. Kids being kids, they catch up pretty quickly. One of the boys handed a ‘lego made’ gun to Ethan and he started shooting away too. That was the start of Ethan playing with toy weapons and when my father found out, he bought not ONE, not TWO but FOUR guns for Ethan!

Fast forward to present, Ethan has Ayden now and from very young he (Ayden) has been playing with Ethan’s toy guns. I tried to stop him initially but boys will be boys so..

We were in the playground the other day and Ethan brought his toy gun along.
Kids playing with gun 1

Look who’s happily walking with a gun in his hand but suddenly…

Kids playing with gun 2

Ayden demanded to ‘escape’ and ran away with the gun!

A baby is running havoc with a gun in his hand! HELP!!!

Kids playing with gun 3

Kids playing with gun 4

Kids playing with gun 5

Kids playing with gun 6

Kids playing with gun 7

Kids playing with gun 8

Kids playing with gun 9

Kids playing with gun 10

So I managed to make the kids give up their gun but I took away their smiles too. They are now bored…

How? People told me boys will be boys lah. No point stopping them. If you can’t beat them, join them lah. But I don’t like playing tembak, tembak so I told the father, ‘YOU jer lah go play with them… ”

I’ll join if those boys are kicking balls or anything but definitely not when they are shooting each other -.-

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    Well, they would get in touch with those guns and grenades and whatnot sooner or later, when they go to school and learn about video games from their friends XD

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    Reminds me of my brother who came home with his kid from New Zealand. The grandfather had bought a very nice army war tank but no, my brother would not want his son to play with that. No weapons, no violent toys, nothing.

    Then one fine day, I saw the boy running around the house shouting, “Bang! Bang!” shooting away…holding a banana!

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    I also do not like children (boys and girls) playing with toy guns but I guess if we can’t stop them, better to teach them about what guns really mean when they are old enough.

    The way Ayden holds the gun looks like he really meant business. He even has the correct shooting stance.

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    Well. It just a toy but got to tell them the danger of real gun. My boy has a toy rifle at home and we were not the one who buy it. Somehow boys are attracted to toy guns, I dont know why.

    Cute shots of Ayden.

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    I remember playing toy guns with my elder brother and the neighbour’s kids when I was young. Haha.

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    IMHO, it’s not about “what” toys the kids are playing with, but rather “how” they are playing with it, and “how” the parents actually educate them about the toy.. playing guns or knives or weapons may not necessarily mean violence, but if parents can educate the kids telling them more about protecting themselves than hurting others, tell them about appreciating things, i personally think, why not?? on the other hand, some parents buy materials worth thousands of RM for the kids, yet treat them as toys and three days later, all kept in store room or giveaway to others..

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    The second photo, OMG! Ganasnya Ayden’s face expression!

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    Ohhh i tot only our family a bit wierd not allowing kids to play with those guns toys….seems many the same out there…yeah i do believe it influence the kid’s thought. .

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