When DH and I first talked about being parents and what we wanted for our child and what we did not want one of the first things that cropped up was the toy gun thing. I have a thing about guns. Never liked them, especially as I’m a child of the Cape Flats who, up until the age of 18, had more than enough exposure to guns and what they do to a human body. Thomas’ cousins all have guns and when we’re with them I always make sure that Thomas doesn’t see it or that it stays in the toy barrels. We haven’t told our families that we don’t want them to buy guns for T but I think they’ve figured it out. Heard a news report yesterday that the spokeswoman for a gun free SA wants shops to remove guns from their shelves and I applaud them. Pick n Pay seems to be the only retailer so far who’ve adhered. I think we will tell our families this year that guns will not be allowed as toys/gifts.
My reasoning for not wanting T to have toy guns is obviously heavily influenced by my personal experience but how do you guys feel about the toy gun thing?