Here in fabulous new town, there are about eight or so kids within a few houses with whom The Max has begun friendships. Our old home was above restaurants on a major street with no kids around at all. Even if there were, I certainly wouldn’t have allowed Max to walk around looking for playmates. This has worked out amazingly for the both of us. He gets to run around and be a kid, I get to do the dishes without someone demanding I play Mouse Trap.
Luckily, the hip yard on the block to play at is ours. So, I can hear him outside the window even when I cannot see his lips moving. It’s ideal, and, my house is much cleaner than the last. When it’s raining or when the outdoors have become lame, Max might have a friend come up here to play.
Today, Frank came up. (of course his name is not Frank). Frank was toting two guns. The guns had those lovly orange tips which indicate they are fake or toy. Frank then told me they were BB guns but not to worry because he took the BBs out. Frank lives two houses down with his grandparents, sometimes. Other times he lives with one or more of his parents. He’s a funny kid who has more than once just walked right into our home blasted right past me and into Max’s room to ask if he wanted to go play.
Now back to those guns. I understand they are only BB guns, but I still felt strange about having some kid bring them into my house. I want to know who hands a seven year old a BB gun and says, “Have Fun!” then allowing them to bring them around the neighborhood. I’m not really anti-gun, but this still feels wrong. Maybe they did not knowingly allow him to bring them to my house, but in the case of guns, if you are insane enough to allow a child to gain access to weapons, you are basically allowing it. Especially in the case of little boys that don’t understand consequences; They are going to take them if they are there.
Now, I know for certain that Max will never be allowed to play at this kids house. There’s BB guns flaoting around the place. Am I too strict about this? Should a kid be allowed to carry around a BB gun? Are there laws about this? I barely know a thing about those types of guns. Someone clue me in.