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Just Child's Play? Parents re-thinking letting kids play war games
Fox News ^ | Thursday, August 21, 2003 | Amy C. Sims

Posted on 08/21/2003 2:39:59 PM PDT by Skooz

Edited on 04/22/2004 12:37:00 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

NEW YORK — The sight of a child holding a toy gun can strike fear in a parent's heart, but many moms and dads are re-examining their attitude toward children's war-related play.

With toy store shelves taking on a decidedly camouflaged look and America engaged in ongoing military conflicts, parents are grappling with whether or not to allow kids to act out war scenarios and how to talk to them about real military actions.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: boys; childhood; childrenandwar; play; toyguns; toys
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1 posted on 08/21/2003 2:39:59 PM PDT by Skooz
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To: Skooz; All
Saki: The Toys of Peace
2 posted on 08/21/2003 2:41:28 PM PDT by dighton (NLC™)
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To: Skooz
You forgot the barf alert.
3 posted on 08/21/2003 2:42:34 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: Skooz
Just went to check on my kids - they were engaged in various war-related role-playing, involving lots of different kinds of weapons - from swords to mock winchester rifles to futuristic laser devices.

This article was a welcome reminder to stock up on more violent toys before the nitwits in charge get around to banning them all.
4 posted on 08/21/2003 2:43:52 PM PDT by mrjeff
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To: Skooz
More granola munching pussification. Humans are predators. Get over it.
5 posted on 08/21/2003 2:44:30 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (For an Evil Super Genius, you aren't too bright are you?)
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To: mrjeff
You know, when I was a kid I had a massive collection of GI Joes, model airplanes (WW2 military), and thousands of those little HO scale army men with weapons galore. I never hurt anybody. I'm normal. I don't kill people. What gives?
6 posted on 08/21/2003 2:47:16 PM PDT by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: Skooz
Yeah, kids shouldn't play games like this, they should just play Postal on the computer. Heh.
7 posted on 08/21/2003 2:50:05 PM PDT by Brett66
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To: Skooz
This would be fine if agreed to by Palistinian parents, Taliban parents, Terrorist parents, drug cartel parents, Communist parents, etc, etc, etc.

As a uni-lateral change in policy, it dooms our kids to be unprepared for a dangerous world.

8 posted on 08/21/2003 2:50:10 PM PDT by C210N
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To: mrjeff
or buy violent toy stock!
9 posted on 08/21/2003 2:51:21 PM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: Skooz
Both my kids are into the camouflage army gear. They have matching camo-plastic machine guns and for a thrill I bought each of them one of those keychain-bullets which they keep attached to their camies.

My son keeps asking for a sniper rifle. Not until he's six...

*evil grin*

10 posted on 08/21/2003 2:51:46 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Skooz
“Because for a little boy, watching tanks blow things up is exciting.”

And what of the adult little boys (AKA, Men)? ;-)

11 posted on 08/21/2003 2:54:50 PM PDT by RoughDobermann (Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.)
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To: RoughDobermann
We are not adult little boys - our interests naturally turn to the educational aspects of destructive physics.
12 posted on 08/21/2003 2:56:20 PM PDT by Chancellor Palpatine ("what if the hokey pokey is really what its all about?" - Jean Paul Sartre)
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To: Skooz
If they ban toy guns, then kids will use sticks.

If they ban sticks, then kids will use fingers.

If they ban fingers, then they're just plain stupid.

13 posted on 08/21/2003 2:59:15 PM PDT by George Smiley (Is the RKBA still a right if you have to get the government's permission before you can exercise it?)
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To: Skooz
When I was a kid many years ago all we played were war games and bad guy games and cowboys and Native Americans(sorry,I couldnt resist that)

We didn't turn out violent and neither did our kids and all with psuedo violent games in their background.

Lighten up,it's gets the aggression out of the boys.

14 posted on 08/21/2003 2:59:34 PM PDT by Mears (J)
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To: Skooz
When I was a kid my friends and I spent our summer playing war games. There were plenty of army toys available from gernade launchers to walkie talkies to greeny stickup caps.
It didn't screw me up (as far as you know) I got my exercise, burned off energy and grew out of it when I discovered girls.
15 posted on 08/21/2003 2:59:40 PM PDT by The Brush
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To: Caipirabob
My 9 year old boy started training with firearms at the age of 7. He and his siblings will continue to train as long as they remain under my roof.
16 posted on 08/21/2003 3:00:53 PM PDT by Sangamon Kid
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To: Skooz
I have to say that I agree...
My children are now 8, 10, and 12.
Last year, I took the two youngest kids' toy guns away, and got out the BB gun...if they are going to pretend to shoot someone, then they're gonna' learn how to shoot.
Nothing disturbs me more than driving past a playground or schoolyard and seeing a bunch of kids playing "war". Maybe 50% of those kids look like they know how to properly handle a weapon.
When it cools down, I'm gonna' start them on a bow.
17 posted on 08/21/2003 3:01:09 PM PDT by baltodog
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To: dd5339; Vic3O3; Terriergal; Raven6
Start em' early, teach em' right...

Hey Raven! Any helpful hints???
18 posted on 08/21/2003 3:05:35 PM PDT by cavtrooper21 (The only thing criminals will get from me is a .45 bullet or cold steel... Their choice.)
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To: Skooz
"Let’s make it your magic wand...”

I got yer magic wand right here, lady...

19 posted on 08/21/2003 3:08:04 PM PDT by TomServo ("Cinematography by Zapruder.")
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To: Skooz
Let me have my toys.


20 posted on 08/21/2003 3:08:10 PM PDT by 4mycountry (Doesn't expecting the unexpected make the unexpected become the expected?)
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