The pro-gun mom goes on to explain how we can easily move from "guns as toys" to "guns as tools," and from there it's a cinch to teach kids the Eddie Eagle rules.
Guns As ToysWhether or not you think toy guns are a good idea, they are here to stay and they are a very big part of the marketed entertainment industry, from cap guns with cowboy hats to first person shooter video games. Guns are sold to our kids as fun and not deadly in the virtual world, this can make it harder for kids to understand the mortal gravity of real guns in the real world.Let’s face it, guns are attractive to lots of children.Watch a group of children playing and it’s likely that some of them will be playing a hunting or war game before it’s over. Toy guns have long been favourites with my boys and instead of banning them completely, we’ve taken the toy versions as an opportunity to discuss the moral implications of the real thing and to teach basic gun safety.I would much rather control the environment in which my children encounter and practice with toy guns than ban them altogether and have them unprepared when they are faced with the real thing.Toy guns can provide many teachable moments.
Here's what I had to say:
You must be out of your mind if you think guns are OK as toys and provide teachable moments AND that you can teach kids the Eddie Eagle rules.
Haven’t you seen it in your own kids that the natural curiosity and resistance to obedience is too much for all that “teaching” nonsense.
There’s only one thing that keeps kids safe and that’s parental supervision. You don’t seem to have the appropriate emphasis on that.