In light of recent events I have been re-thinking an opinion of mine... Here it goes:
Although I do not like guns, I had decided that I would not stop my son from "playing gun" if he so desired. I had talked to enough people and read some about "play fighting" to be comfortable with the fact that it serves a purpose in sorting out emotions and helps with imagination role playing blah blah blah. And so far (besides the occasional water gun) Braden isn't really interested in shooting stuff. (he hasn't made a gun out of a stick or carrot or whatever). But after reading my friends blog regarding recent events I got to thinking...
My friends argues that even pretend playing about something that hurts people is wrong.
I agree with her that shooting people is wrong, so why would I let my son pretend to shoot someone?
I would never allow him to pretend to shoot up heroin or think it was okay if my daughter played pretend prostitute.... so why would I allow him to pretend to shoot people?