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  •  This is why I got my kid an airsoft gun for xmas (1+ / 0-)
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    All the kids in the neighborhood have these airsoft guns. For those who don't know, airsoft guns are basically BB guns that shoot plastic BBs that are larger and travel slower (and thus have less kinetic force) than normal BB guns. If a kid gets hit with an airsoft pellet, it sucks but it doesn't end their day of fun with friends. Eye or even face protection is an absolute must.

    If my kid plays first-person-shooter video games, he might get the idea that military fire fights are easy and thus might want to join the military because he is invincible. The airsoft gun play with his friends is to teach him that he will get his ass shot off if he uses his video game experiences as training.

    The kid must play war. It's who he is. I just want him to know that if he continues it to the military in adulthood, it ain't easy.

    And you know what, airsoft firefights aren't a trade for the real experience. Grenades, mortar rounds, artillery, mines, long range snipers, booby traps, and many other things cannot be simulated in the neighborhood. Crap.

    i just baptized andrew breitbart into the church of islam, planned parenthood, the girl scouts and three teachers unions. - @blainecapatch

    by bobinson on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:51:16 AM PST

    •  I didn't buy airsoft for a number of reasons (2+ / 0-)
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      My kid has been shooting the 22 since he was 5. The golden rule is never point it at a human being. He can make lego guns all he wants, things that actually shoot a projectile we treat as guns.

      They leave little plastic pellets all over which eventually get washed into storm drains, down rivers and streams and out into the sea to float in huge plastic islands of garbage  or clog up the gills of filter feeding fish.

      Toys and guns are different and I don't like to blur the differences.

      How big is your personal carbon footprint?

      by ban nock on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 05:14:12 AM PST

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      •  Airsoft pellets, unlike actual bullets (0+ / 0-)

        are biodegradable.

        If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

        by CwV on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 06:44:43 AM PST

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        •  Actually very few are, you have to buy special (1+ / 0-)
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          biodegradable airsoft pellets. Real amo is made from lead, steel, and copper, all naturally occurring materials.

          How big is your personal carbon footprint?

          by ban nock on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 06:56:39 AM PST

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          •  And lead, used even for "sporting purposes" can (0+ / 0-)

            still cause lead poisoning.

            Remember when every shotgun used shells still shooting lead pellets? I have to hope that I would have gone a different route if I had been smart enough to have a solid understanding.

            There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

            by oldpotsmuggler on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 07:12:49 PM PST

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