About a week ago my husband came home with a Squeeze Rocket Launcher. My 3-year-old son pulled the new toy out of the box, aimed it at me, and said, "Mom, I've got a gun. I'm going to shoot you." I completely freaked out and you can read my story about the incident, "Should I let toy guns in the house?" on SFGate.com.
I have been quite troubled by the toy gun issue, so I sent an email to one of my favorite experts on parenting, Michael Thompson, Ph. D. He's the coauthor of The New York Times bestseller Raising Cane: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, and the more recent It's a Boy: Understanding Your Son's Development from Birth to Age 18. He sent me a thoughtful response about boys and guns and basically told me that it's natural for boys to play with them. You can read his complete response in my post titled, "Coming to Terms with Toy Guns."
Anyway, guns have been on my mind this past week, so I was taken back when I read the story on SFGate.com today, "First-grader caught with gun at S.F. school." Apparently, "Staffers at Cleveland Elementary School found the gun in the boy's backpack after overhearing children talking about a gun on campus."
How is everyone feeling about this?