We are a no gun household when it comes to toys. Or at least we had been, for a VERY long time. When you make that decision early on, it’s amazing how many toys are off limits. Water guns were the hardest line to hold.
My reasoning behind this decision was that kids shouldn’t play with guns until they are old enough to understand the damage guns can do. I always felt that once the bug was old enough, we would teach him gun safety and lift the moratorium.
Over the years he has gotten nerf guns from friends for his birthday. He has been learning gun safety for the last couple of years in scouts. Stubby hubs hunk thought this should be the year of airport soft rifle. Air soft, is a lower velocity bb gun that shoots pellets made of cornstarch. Look at us all echo conscious and stuff. Stubby hubs hunk brought the gun home. We giggled at the fact that our normally stoic son was going to flip his stuff on Christmas morning.
And flip his stuff he did. We even got it on video. Just like in the movie, “a christmas story”‘ he got all bundled up and went outside to shoot. Unlike the movie he was wearing safety glasses. Us drinking our coffee watching him thought the window. Patting ourselves on the back for giving him the gift he most wanted and doing it in such a responsible manner.
Several days after Christmas he went down to the woods with his friends have a battle. He had gotten a gas mask from his uncle so he was well protected. He came jubilant. All a chatter, regaling the battle.
A week or two later I see him coming up the hill with his friend. He has a washcloth to his eye. They both look on the verge of tears. His friend apologizing like crazy. As he starts to tell the whole sordid story, the goose shouts from upstairs, “you’ll shoot your eye out.”. I giggled until I saw him lift the washcloth and saw how close he had come to doing that very thing. I sent the friend and his washcloth home and the bug dissolved into tears. He was so scared. Probably partly at almost being shot in the eye, but mostly at what punishment lay ahead. At dinner we asked him for full disclosure. His story didn’t seem to make sense, but the crux of it involved them shooting each other point at point-blank range.
Needless to say, the gun has been revoked. And I who was talked into the gun purchase got to gloat…a little.E