July 29, 2008 at 12:33 am 1 comment

Matt and I are both pretty anti guns. Charlton Heston would have hated us actually. I personally have always been against the NRA and Matt has become more so as he has gotten older. We don’t allow the boys to play with guns nor do we allow any type of “weapon” play in the house. We often talk about guns and how dangerous they are. Before we let the boys go to a play date to someone’s house without us we ask the parents if they have real guns in their home. We have yet to have someone say yes but would probably not let them go without us if they indeed did have a gun. We also talk about various scenarios of what to do if they are at a friend’s house and the child shows them a gun. They know to run and run fast. Overprotective? Maybe. Crazy? Maybe. But there are worse things in this world to be crazy and overprotective about.  We feel like the world itself is a very crazy place anyway and why make it any crazier.

So the funny thing is this. Today I dropped Max off at his first day of Cub Scout day camp. He is a cub scout and really likes it and went to this camp last year and loved it. So when we dropped him off this morning the counselor says to me “we have something new this year at camp… ‘BB’s'”. What??? I looked at him and said “excuse me?”.  He said “BB Guns”. I was shocked and also speechless and kind of mumbled something like “we don’t really do guns, and Matt is going to love this (said very sarcastically)”. So of course because I am not good on the spot I left Max there and proceeded to call Matt from my cell, who was irate by the way. He immediately called the camp and spoke to the director who tried to explain to him the advantages of using BB Guns and that “studies show teaching children proper gun safety….”. Blah, blah, blah. Matt kept saying “what studies” but she didn’t really know. He said he did not want Max using a gun by any means, but would like to read these so called studies.  

At work today my coworkers and I had a blast talking about the studies.  “Studies show that with proper gun safety children learn how to fire at people more accurately”. “Studies show that with proper gun safety children learn how to kill more affectively”.  “Studies show that with proper gun safety who really needs toys”.  And really but “haven’t you heard about Dick Cheney and proper gun safety??”.  My friend googled “cub scouts and BB guns” and evidently this is a big topic.  One thing that was said is that since “most cub scouts are exposed to fire arms in their homes it is important to teach them about proper gun safety”. The thing is we live in a very urban area and most people with guns around here are using them for other things besides hunting deer. And really aren’t most of these people who are exposed to hunting guns in the home live in a small town in the south (no offense to those of you out there who do).  And, not to mention the fact that Max doesn’t really need to learn proper gun safety. He will not be going hunting any time soon nor will he pass the physical to be a police officer or in the armed forces.  So pretty much proper handling of guns is out.


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  • 1. kidneyeyemomma  |  July 30, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Yeah, it’s a struggle. We have hunting rifles in our house, safely locked in a $1200 gun safe – the only way we would have them in this house. And even more obsessed with gun safety, we have the combination in our safety deposit box. Julian only opens it once a year for his annual hunting trip and that is it.

    The thing is…Julian was raised IN THE COUNTRY, where they had barns and fence posts and he learned gun safety from his dad. I point out all the time that the reason they learned about guns was – there wasn’t anything else to do!

    I’m right with you.


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