After preschool today, Sidamo asked, "Mommy, what are guns?"
I replied, "They're things that people use to hurt other people. And animals. Where did you hear about them?"
"Carter* told me. He said he plays with them at home."
So, seasoned parents, what to do? We're a pacifist household (mostly—Greg has some strikingly non-peaceful reactions to bagel sandwiches, snowboarders, and musical theater). We don't do guns, talk guns, play guns. I do know the school of thought that children, boys especially, will find/create/imagine firearms where none exist, but Sidamo just doesn't strike me as having that personality. He's generally gentle, relatively empathetic … But maybe all moms think that about their kids.
And of course I don't want to give guns some sort of mystique by banning their mention in our house. So where's that line, between outright ban and gentle dissuasion?
* Name has been changed to protect the little weapons-pusher.