It's a bit more of a serious post today, but something that I feel is important to discuss, particularly in today's' world - violent toys for children.
I have always found the site of children running around with toy guns worrying. I know to them it is just innocent play, but this is not what I see and never will. This was especially brought home to me a couple of days ago when I was at my local shopping centre on Armed Forces Day. There was a large car sized gun / launcher on display that people could go and look at and it was being admired enthusiastically by young children. To some this would have looked like chidren learning about the world and having innocent fun, but I just could not see it this way. To me this scene was disturbing, these could not possibly know how many people are killed by these weapons, many of them innocent civilians. It was a weapon of war, not something to be celebrated or played with. It has strengthened my resolve to never let my child play with 'violet toys.'
Toy guns, grenades and soldiers are still common toys today, but it is something that I will never accept. There are plenty of fantastic toys in the world - children do not need to learn about killing, regardless of how innocent it seems. I don't have a problem with water pistols, of course, this is completely different to a realistic looking gun.
In an age where humanity considers itself to be an advanced people and yet violence seems to be more prevalent than ever, it is important that we bring up our children to be a generation of peace. Gun crime, terrorism and more everyday acts of violence are still a part of our society - and it breaks my heart every single day. The only way this world can recover is if the young people grow up to be adults who strive to make it more peaceful and of course, we should do whatever we can as well. I simply don't feel that giving our children toys that represent weapons of violence is appropriate and not what the planet needs. Let's instead, choose other toys and promote positive forms of play that will encourage our children to be non-violent, positive adults. Maybe then we will see our society move forward into a non-violent future.