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.