Would you give your 13-year-old son an Airsoft gun?
My son is asking me for an Airsoft gun. We live in a close-in suburb of DC, of medium density. He wants to use it to play with other boys in the neighborhood.
I have included a poll to summarize viewpoints but I would appreciate posts giving your opinion.
My son is a pretty responsible boy and respects safety concerns, but nevertheless sometimes 13-year-old boys get carried away. I have played paintball a couple of times with him but that is done under very controlled, supervised circumstances. What he has in mind is more of a free-for-all around the neighborhood. My main concern is lapses of judgment, or “collateral damage” since there are a lot of kids of all ages around the neighborhood. My understanding is that Airsoft hits are generally safe and painful at worst, but at my age I’m starting to say, “You’re gonna put somebody’s eye out with that!”
I am not anti-gun but I have never had any interest in them either. (My only experience with REAL guns is when a friend invited me to join him trap shooting.) I am not concerned that this activity would lead him to take an interest in guns, nor would I be especially alarmed if such an interest developed. So attempts to have a debate about “everything about guns is bad” vs. “God gave us the Second Amendment” are going to be non-starters for this discussion.