Originally Posted by cozzensclan
I think this is a common view since our society has become so removed from the true sources of our food. If you are someone who chooses to eat meat, why pretend that it "comes from the store" when you could be honest with your children? My husband and oldest son (9 years old) are both hunters. My son has been trained to safely handle his gun. We absolutely do not allow gun "play" of any sort, because it downplays the severity of what a gun really does - it kills things. Guns are not toys, they are useful tools for those of us who choose to acknowledge and select the source of the food we put in our mouths.
ITA. I guess we could get baseball bats and try and beat the moose, elk, or buffalo we eat.....not sure if it would be safe, let alone a humane way to die.
As for handguns, which are typically the most common 'toy', those were specifically made to kill human beings, not animals. Same with swords and grenades, also seen as 'toys' in the store.
There are squirt bottles that can be used to squirt water at each other, the same kind that grandma uses to water her plants. they look nothing like handguns and were specifically designed and made to squirt water. For my family, we do not squirt water at each other, as it is not a loving action.
I teach my family to think and act with love, especially when it comes to interactions between us. It is not a loving act to squirt your sister. It is a loving act to swim with your sister. It is not a loving act to hit. It is a loving act to ask for a hug or ask to hug your sister.