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Old 12-12-2012, 03:09 PM   #31
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I think my kids wouldn't be attending, nor would they be socializing with any kid whose family vaguely thought this was appropriate.
Okay, you're going to have to explain the rest a bit. Not attending is fine, but not permitted to socialize with the kids? That doesn't seem a bit extreme?
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:12 PM   #32
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I think it's pretty self-explanatory. We don't own guns, don't hang out with people who own guns, and any family who thinks a gun-themed party for children is a good idea isn't anyone I'd want my kids near. YMMV.
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:15 PM   #33
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Okay, you're going to have to explain the rest a bit. Not attending is fine, but not permitted to socialize with the kids? That doesn't seem a bit extreme?
Maybe he/she has an irrational fear of their child being in a home where there are guns. I am not sure how anyone would know because I know if you walked into my house you would never know the amount of guns my husband owns because they are all safely and securely put away. My kids have no idea where they are or the info they would need to unlock them.
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:16 PM   #34
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I wonder if they offer different themed targets. Like princess, monster, Dora, Ninja Turtle....
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:19 PM   #35
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I think it's pretty self-explanatory. We don't own guns, don't hang out with people who own guns, and any family who thinks a gun-themed party for children is a good idea isn't anyone I'd want my kids near. YMMV.
But how do you know that any kid your child may be friends with doesn't have a parent with a gun? You know not everyone that owns a gun is looking to be a gansta right? Some people actually use them for sport.
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:21 PM   #36
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Okay, you're going to have to explain the rest a bit. Not attending is fine, but not permitted to socialize with the kids? That doesn't seem a bit extreme?
This is a pretty common opinion in the area where I live, close to a major city. I grew up in redneckville, lol, where most of the guys in my high school class were out "sick" the first days of turkey or deer season. Almost everyone I knew grew up around guns. But in a city area, guns are perceived to be associated with gangs and criminals. When the topic occasionally comes up, most coworkers and friends are horrified that I shot a gun at age 6. The only ones who aren't are those who came from a similar background.

I know how to handle guns safely, so I don't perceive them as a threat (unless of course, they were to be used in that manner) or a reflection of whether I should be friends or not with someone.

It really depends completely on your perspective, and everyone is going to be different. This poster wouldn't be friends with me or my family. That's ok. Everyone has a right to determine how to raise their children.
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:21 PM   #37
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I wonder if they offer different themed targets. Like princess, monster, Dora, Ninja Turtle....
You forgot Mickey
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:24 PM   #38
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:25 PM   #39
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I think it's pretty self-explanatory. We don't own guns, don't hang out with people who own guns, and any family who thinks a gun-themed party for children is a good idea isn't anyone I'd want my kids near. YMMV.
Ok, so, do you ask people if they own guns before you hang out with them? How exactly do you know if they own guns or not? Are your kids allowed to hang out with kids whose parents are police officers?
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Ok, so, do you ask people if they own guns before you hang out with them? How exactly do you know if they own guns or not? Are your kids allowed to hang out with kids whose parents are police officers?
Or military? While we actually do not own guns, many of our military friends do own weapons. My DH would actually like to teach our DD how to safely and appropriately handle a gun. Her mom on the other hand (me) is a bit more opposed. I can't imagine refusing to associate with people because they own guns.

Regarding the party, if my DH was attending my one of my children, then I would not be opposed. He is trained in how to fire and handle a weapon. I would not let them attend without him though.
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:34 PM   #41
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Ok, so, do you ask people if they own guns before you hang out with them? How exactly do you know if they own guns or not? Are your kids allowed to hang out with kids whose parents are police officers?
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:40 PM   #42
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This is a pretty common opinion in the area where I live, close to a major city. I grew up in redneckville, lol, where most of the guys in my high school class were out "sick" the first days of turkey or deer season. Almost everyone I knew grew up around guns. But in a city area, guns are perceived to be associated with gangs and criminals. When the topic occasionally comes up, most coworkers and friends are horrified that I shot a gun at age 6. The only ones who aren't are those who came from a similar background.

I know how to handle guns safely, so I don't perceive them as a threat (unless of course, they were to be used in that manner) or a reflection of whether I should be friends or not with someone.

It really depends completely on your perspective, and everyone is going to be different. This poster wouldn't be friends with me or my family. That's ok. Everyone has a right to determine how to raise their children.

I think a lot of city folks might be shocked to find out just how many OTHER city folks own guns and hunt. A few weeks back my boss had some clients in for a duck hunt. Staying in the same lodge were deer hunters from NYC. One of the guys was complaint of having to haul all his gear 2 miles through Manhattan on foot (shortly after Sandy).
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I think a lot of city folks might be shocked to find out just how many OTHER city folks own guns and hunt. A few weeks back my boss had some clients in for a duck hunt. Staying in the same lodge were deer hunters from NYC. One of the guys was complaint of having to haul all his gear 2 miles through Manhattan on foot (shortly after Sandy).
Probably. But I live near San Francisco (originally from Upstate NY) and it is a bit... unique in regards to such things.
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That would be awesome if my kids were older. I personally am not a big fan of guns, but I am ok with my kids learning gun safety and proper shooting. They can even go hunting when they're older...as long as I don't have to clean anything.
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:45 PM   #45
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Public Safety Announcement here for those who no only oppose the party, but also oppose having your kids arround the kind of folks who would host such a Statistically speaking, your kids would be the most likely to pick up a gun and play with should they discover one. Regardless of your stance on guns, I recommend the NRA's Eddie The Eagle safety videos. It might be the most important thing they see.
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