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Moms Talk Q&A: Kids and (Airsoft) Guns

The spring weather means kids are spending more time outside. Some are doing that with Airsoft guns.

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The weather got nice and I see more kids outside. Some of them are running around with these Airsoft guns. Are they safe?

Keziah Ridgeway March 21, 2011 at 09:49 PM
Though the guns may be safe and legal in the state of Pennsylvania, I would in no way shape or form buy them for my children. I do not allow my son to play with toy guns, I do not allow him to play air guns, and if we buy action figures that come with miniature toy guns we immediately throw them in the receptacle. I am not a fan of guns, I know people use them to go hunting and most see no harm in them and I won't come down on anyone's decision but I don't want to desensitize my children to violence at such a young age.
Sarah Larson March 21, 2011 at 09:57 PM
I had to google "airsoft gun" to see what you were talking about - the photos are shocking. They look exactly like real handguns and submachine guns. I would never buy them for my child, and I would take them away from them if I saw them playing with them in the neighborhood. I've seen too many instances when police shot a person who was brandishing a fake gun that looked so real the cops couldn't tell the difference. That said, my kids (a boy and a girl) both delight in building "shooters" out of any toy imaginable - Legos, duplo blocks, Lincoln Logs, you name it. It's a tough battle to get them to stop. But these guns? No way. Not on my watch.
Stephanie Fisher March 22, 2011 at 06:43 PM
You are kidding right? Kids, it specifically states that these are for people 18 years and older!!! Not to mention how "real" they look. These are an accident waiting to happen. Now, let me explain, I am not the "no toy gun" mom, but would not buy them toy guns either. No matter what my boys had in their hands, it turned into a gun. One of my boys actions prompted an "assembly" at school. In 2nd grade he made the gun symbol with his hand and said "psshhh" to a kid (something his grandfather did to him everytime he saw him). Apparently this child was frightened and therefore I got a phone call to come in, there was a mini-assembly and I was warned to never have him do it again. I think that is a little over the top. I have yet to see a little boy that wasn't facinated with the "cops and robbers" aspect of guns. I think we have taken this a little too far, again EDUCATION is key. My kids have never touched a real gun and are fearful of guns. They understand that guns are dangerous. The understand that a bad person behind a gun is a bad situation, but also understand that good people (cops, military, business owners) have guns for good reasons, and no I do not own a gun and am all for gun control.
Diane March 22, 2011 at 08:39 PM
It honestly varies from person to person. Personally, I had to do a lot of research before getting my daughter her first airsoft gun. It's really our responsibility to teach them how to be safe and how to use these responsibly. Granted, I'm not a fan of guns and hesitated to get it for her, but I honestly don't mind, since she likes the sport and it's helped build her confidence. There are rules, of course. She can only use it in a local field or with supervision in our backyard (closed, only for target practice).
Michele March 31, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Actually, my son and his friends have regular Airsoft meets on private property. Our host family has set rules that the kids must follow to participate -- including eye protection -- and the kids have a good time time tearing through the woods. Yes, there is the chance of being hurt and the pellets can leave welts. At their ages (teenagers) I see nothing wrong with Airsoft; they're boys and they are having fun.
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Channing Sampey January 05, 2012 at 06:24 AM
I am a regular air softer at the age of 15. I play at my cousins house mainly because there is no other place to play. For those looking to see what the game is about its simply an adrenaline sport. Eye protection is the only protection needed for the sport rather than discipline and honesty. It is a sport just like the more popular game of paintball. The warnings on the guns and boxes are simply there for protection and to prevent underage purchases. Parents please don't restrain the kids if they have a love or simply an interest in the sport. Unfortunately I found out about this game in a neighborhood fight. ( one kid didn't like me so he shot me with what looked liked a real gun. For those who want to ensure that there is no doubt between a real gun and air soft firearm there is a 6mm orange tip at the end of every gun and some guns are even made of clear plastic. No death has ever been reported directly relating to an air soft gun. The injuries that due happen in the sport are related to careless use and misuse of the guns. The main risk of the game is the lack of eye protection. Make sure all children have goggles masks or at least shatterproof glasses. With these simple but ever so important items can the game remain safe. Please enforce these rules upon yours and any other kids that play. Glad to be of help :) keep the sport safe!!!
and123 April 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM
y cant there be more people in the world like this this person understands life
christina January 04, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Actually, Airsofting is becoming an increasingly popular sport to play! As long as you are properly educated I think it is a great athletic sport that could be safely played! I personally learned everything I know from Airsplat.com!! In my opinion they are the best company for airsoft guns around! Not only do they have explanatory Youtube videos specifically on gun safety (http://www.airsplat.com/airsoft-safety.htm) but they also have safety bundles Airsoft Half Face Protection Bundle Kit Item Code: AC-APP-HALFFACE Airsoft Gun Style: Airsoft Face Lower Mask Goggle Glasses Manufacturer: TAG (Tactical Airsoft Gear) Airsoft Full Face Player Protection Bundle Kit - Valken Pyramex Highlander Airsoft Goggle: Regular price $29.99 - ZAN Headgear Balaclava Face Mask BLK: Regular price $6.99 - BRAVO Tac Gear Metal Mesh Half Mask BLK: Regular price $14.99 - Valken V-TAC Full Finger Gloves Large: Regular price $8.99 - Tactical Airsoft Elbow & Knee Pads BLK: Regular price $14.99 Airsoft Half Face Protection Bundle Kit Price: $72.99 per EACH If you just find more information about the safety I hope you can change how you view Airsoft guns, and remember its not that gun that harms people, its the person pulling the trigger!!
Rob Pincus November 06, 2013 at 08:16 AM
Here is an article that I wrote recently on the topic of Kids & Airsoft: http://www.icetraining.info/kids-and-airsoft-guns-safety-education-parenting/

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