I have always believed that toy guns give kids the idea that guns are OK and safe. They're not! Guns kill people; people WITH guns kill people. I am not comfortable with hunting and I think that it is wrong. I do not condemn anyone who wishes to kill animals, but it's just not something that I like or condone. Since Silas was a baby, I've asked that people not get him any toy guns. I think that they are used to display violence. Don't like it. Don't want my kids pointing guns at people and pretending to shoot them. As the years have passed, I've seen the boys make guns out of sticks...movies with shooting in them have slipped through (Star Wars) and now playing guns has become something that the boys do. They know that I don't like it, but we've come to a happy medium with it.
But now, some of the things that Silas says just makes my stomach churn. He asked me this morning if he could take his Dad's chainsaw to school to scare the kids with. He talks about what would happen if people get their heads cut off. He's been playing with an older neighbor and I am fearful that this talk is growing out of the relationship with that kid. BUT, he is the only kid around that is not one of Silas' siblings. Is it just a natural thing for boys to relish violence so much? Will he grow out of it? I really hope that this is just a phase and that the violent thoughts leave just as quickly as they came.