Do you let your kids play with Nerf?

I know there is a lot of hubub with kids and violence and whatnot these days, but my husband and I (we're just overgrown kids, really!) looooove to have Nerf fights with the guns and swords. How do you feel about your little ones playing with 'weapons?'

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    10/23/13
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    10/23/13
    Amanda Hurley
    My one and two year old had a "Popsicle" fight in their high chairs one night after dinner. It was hilarious to watch.
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      8Theresa Gould
      We tried not having guns or weapons but when our young boys when used a banana as a gun it seemed pointless and this is before they watched any TV shows or anything.

      They do use anything to reenact what is read to them or they see in their TV shows. My husband is a huge history buff and wants our children to know the true history of the United States so he has watched war movies with our children. Our boys will replay those movies and play war. I don't see anything wrong with it as it is a part of their learning process. We do not like them shooting at each other but in war army men do fight so what we like to say is, "The only time you shoot someone is if you are defending your family, your property or your country."

      Come to think of it there's a bank commercial where there's a helicopter and a war scene of some sort and my husband pointed out that it was not a WWI, or WWII whichever it was, helicopter and "those people need to get their history correct." I thought is was funny that he picked that out.
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        10/23/13
        Thanks for all the input, ladies! Glad to know a lot of people still find it acceptable despite all the hype. Brittney, I too am excited for ambushing my little ones, lol!
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          10/23/13
          Amanda Hurley
          We love it. I won't get them the plastic ones, I see them killing eachother with them. But the nerf ones are just fine.
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            01/14/14
            4Brandi
            I think little boys playing "war" and "cops and robbers" is a pretty normal thing. I even played these games with my brothers when I was young. I think it's okay for little boys to play with toy (nerf) guns, as long as they are taught that it's okay to play pretend games with toys, and that a gun shouldn't be used as a weapon unless its absolutely necessary ( to save your own life, or your the lives of your family). My kids (even my daughter) have always had toy guns, and the first thing I taught them was there is a difference between a real gun and toy guns, and they should never touch a real gun. They were also taught not to point their toy guns at random people walking by, or animals, ect. When they got older, about 10 or 11, they got bb guns, and were taught gun safety, and were only allowed to use them for target practice, and only if an adult was outside with them. Two of my sons have taken hunter safety courses, and are now responsible hunters.
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