Are NERF guns a good idea for kids?
I am wondering if NERF guns teach young children (elementary school age) poor gun safety and desensitize them to shooting at human targets. I had no idea where to post this, but it is kind of a training thing.
Most people agree that children should be introduced to firearms in a controlled environment under the supervision of a competent adult. In this way children can learn how to safely handle guns and come to respect how dangerous a gun can be. NERF guns, on the other hand, are far less dangerous and do not require the same sort of safety lectures. Young kids may not fully understand the difference between NERF guns and firearms, and such a misunderstanding could lead to improper gun safety later in life. Also, children prone to mental illness might first be exposed to the idea of gun violence by NERF guns. NERF guns are very different from violent video games in that you are shooting at a real person. Maybe children should not be exposed to the concept of fighting with guns until they are old enough to paintball (maybe middle school age).
This question is not motivated by hoplophobia in ANY WAY. I grew up around guns, I hope to raise my kids around guns, and I hope my kids will raise my grandkids around guns. This is not a call for an assault Nerf-weapon ban (although that would make more sense than most of the proposed gun control bills). I am just wanted to hear if or how people approach Nerf guns while training young children.