Before I had kids, I swore a toy gun would never enter my home. Since I’ve had kids I’ve learned to never say never. My house is now filled with makeshift Lego weapons and Boba Fett blasters. Luckily the experts say guns are not only okay, but can actually help empower my sons. Here’s why.
Why Boys Love Guns
“Our brains are built on a hunting platform,” says Jordan Bernt Peterson, a psychology professor at University of Toronto and specialist on childhood and adult aggression. All children, but especially boys, are hard-wired towards weaponry and taking aim at something. “Almost all of our sports are taken from this premise,” says Bernt Peterson. “There’s not too much difference from shooting a puck in a net than taking aim at a friend.”