So, usually I enjoy eating lunch with adults. I spend all day with children, so when lunch time comes, lunch is usually a break from the mundane and the conversation is quite good. Today, the topic of "guns" came up and we discussed the 11 year old who shot his stepmother, well, I was corrected at lunch, it is his Dad's girlfriend, in the head while she was sleeping. The woman was 8 months pregnant. Then we started talking about guns...
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I think my first mistake was thinking that I'm a good parent. I stated that Dougie WOULDN'T HAVE ACCESS to guns. The boy who shot his stepmother, I'm sorry, Dad's girlfriend, was given the gun as a GIFT for Christmas. That would never happen in my house. The conversation turned to wether or not my husband was a hunter and/or paintballer. I told them that he was, but that my children wouldn't have access to his guns...apparently, I didn't make that clear. Nik's guns aren't even kept at our house. They are kept in a locked safe at his father's house, in the basement. I made another mistake when I stated my distaste for AirSoft guns and what they teach children and then it happened.
The one thing that I can't stand being told.
The one thing that makes me roll my eyes and just stop talking.
The one that that I will never say to another parent.
"You say that now, just you wait..."
Ummm...NO! I wont wait. I'm a good mother and I've already made the choice. Dougie WONT have guns. If he chooses to hunt with his father, he'll take a gun safety course BEFORE he is allowed to go and he wont have HIS OWN GUN. I wont buy him a paintball gun or a bbgun. I'm too afraid of what might happen if he isn't responsible enough to have one or his friends aren't responsible. I WONT change my mind.
End of Rant.
Posted by Pam at 12:39 PM