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SHOOTING: Toy gun can be a learning tool

Letter by Wayne R. Karvonen, Olympia on March 20, 2012 at 11:42 am with 4 Comments »
March 20, 2012 12:48 pm

Re: “Teach kids that toys aren’t guns” (letter, 3-20).

I agree that placing a toy gun at the memorial to the child who accidentally shot himself was insensitive and totally inappropriate. However, I disagree that children should not allowed to play with toy guns at a young age.

We older generations grew up playing with toy cap guns and went around playing cowboys and Indians and learned at an early age the grave difference between what was a toy and what wasn’t. Today’s society wants to shield young children from learning those differences until it is too late and a tragedy like this occurs.

As young children, we were taught to defend ourselves with our hands and never even thought to run home to get a gun to settle a dispute. We allow young children to play with toy cars and trucks, and more people are killed in auto accidents each year than with guns.

We all want to give today’s children the best opportunities to succeed, so let’s give them the knowledge they need as early as possible and not wait until it is too late.

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  1. sandblower says:

    Wayne, Wayne, Wayne you are totally and completely wrong when you compare automobile deaths to gun deaths. Automobiles are designed for the purpose of transporting people from one place to another. Guns are designed for one purpose only and that is to kill. The only exceptions are guns specifically designed for target use, though I suppose even they could kill someone.
    Nobody does cowboys and Indians anymore (I hope) and the gun games left are not a good influence on anyone. Pointing a toy gun at someone is a good way to get in real trouble.

  2. spotted1 says:

    SAndblower, perhaps you have not been around young boys recently. All the games of “cops and robbers” or “cowboys and indians” are alive and well.

    What we have lost is the respect for firearms. That healthy teaching that was handed down from father or older brother to younger child is no longer there. The understanding that there was a difference between toy guns and the real thing is gone.

    The placement of a toy gun at the grave of this child is far and away the most heinous of things someone could do. No one should think that is a wise move.

    On a side note, if guns were specifically designed to kill people, then all of mine are defective.

  3. sandblower says:

    “On a side note, if guns were specifically designed to kill people, then all of mine are defective.”
    The comment was, ” Guns are designed for one purpose only and that is to kill.”
    Please read for comprehension. And misquoting only further illustrates ignorance.

  4. penumbrage says:

    sandblower – Actually, cars and guns are very similar. Both are technological advances on natural abilities required for survival; both have a cost in lives that must be weighed against their benefits to society and individual freedoms; the cost in lives of both are overwhelmingly due to irresponsible or criminal use; and for both punishing the vast majority who are not a danger for the abuses of a small minority is nonsensical, lazy and counterproductive.
    You seem to believe that there are no people who deserve to be shot, regardless of their actions or their danger to law abiding citizens.
    I, on the other hand, have no doubt whatsoever that the world would be a much better place if Bundy, Ridgway, Cho and all their ilk had encountered a responsible firearm (police, CWP or citizen owned) early in their crime sprees.

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