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Toy Guns in New Zealand

Posted on the 30 March 2011 by Mikeb302000
An interesting approach, to say the least.
Teacher Louise Samuels says teachers decided to contain the gun play, making sure the youngsters understood the implications of gun use.
"What I noticed in my other workplace, when we banned it, was that the children would hide and shoot you – they get sneaky about it. The play would turn quite negative,” she tells The Dominion Post.
"We teach them you don't leave [guns] lying on the floor, you don't shoot people, you make sure you ask to borrow someone else's gun."
The guns are made by the children out of cardboard or paper and must be stored in a gun rack between play sessions.
It doesn't make much sense to me to teach kids that guns are OK as long as they don't shoot other kids with them and as long as they ask permission before taking someone else's. The purpose of guns is to shoot people. Why do so many gun extremists make such an effort to deny that?
Guns are bad news for kids and to teach them other than that is bad news for everybody.
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