While in California we were having some water balloon fun outside. I’ll tell ya, fill up some balloons with water and watch every single kid in the neighborhood instantly flock to you..it was like ants to sugar, I tell ya!
Well, balloons and water led to one child (I’d say he was around 10 years old) bringing over his water GUNS…one looked like a toy, the other certainly did not. Regardless, guns of any sort aren’t allowed at my mom’s house and we didn’t want them around our kids so we sent him home with his toy guns. He was super responsive, said sorry and was a really good boy to bring them back to his house.
About 10 minutes later all the kids were playing on the grass outside my mom’s house when Cameron came running up to my sister in law. “Auntie,” he said, “That boy (pointing to the one that had the fake guns) told me that he had a REAL gun at his house!” (I believe he said something like, “You know, I have a real gun at my house…” sort of insinuating as best a young child can, that he could show it to them)
First of all…way to go Cam for running to tell Auntie right away. He instinctively knew to come tell someone. He’s heard me say how I don’t like water guns, toy guns or even finger guns in our house (although this is the latest thing Cameron and his friends do while playing Clone Wars…I’m working on that going away…I hate finger gun fighting).
Anyhow, my sister in law told Cameron and her son, with a very serious eye, “If anyone ever tells you that they have a gun or asks if you want to see it, you run as fast as you can and come and tell a grown up.” The boys took this advice very seriously and I think it will stick with them.
I pray it will stick with them.
BUT, that small moment of this kid sharing and showing off, that he had a gun to my child, a 4 year old, scared the living crap out of me! What if the older boy had brought the gun out for him to see?
I am so torn on the right to bare arms…that’s not really what this post is about…well sorta..I mean, I know it’s your right to have a gun in YOUR house. But WE don’t. We don’t have guns in our house. Thus I hadn’t really taught Cam & Leah about gun safety. But now I know I HAVE to…I tell them to first run away if a friend asks if they want to see one. Second, never point one at anyone else and I’ve talked to them about guns being for police officers or soldiers or those that have training to own them, GUNS ARE NOT FOR PLAY.
I don’t know if I am right. But it’s what we are doing.
This was a wake up call, until now I had simply said “No toy guns” which is tough enough seeing as how all his friends have them. But when another child brought up that he had a REAL GUN, well, my mommy alarm went off. And boy was it was LOUD!
Are you teaching your children about gun safety? What’s your take? Also, if your child is having a playdate at someone’s house, do you ask the parents if they have guns?? I’m thinking I should start to ask. I never have before.