Thursday, June 16, 2011

Guns 'n Nerdses

I'd want this one.

So, Will wants a gun.

I realize this may sound strange considering I'm talking about someone in the Army who carries a firearm daily, but I've never thought of him as a "gun person." I don't even know what a gun person is--I just never thought he was one of them. But apparently he is.

The idea of a gun in our house makes me really uncomfortable. Really uncomfortable. I'm not one of those people who thinks guns should be banned. I just...I don't know. The idea of it doesn't sit well with me.

I partially blame Beverly Hills 90210.

If you're between the ages of 32 and 40 you know what I'm talking about.

See? This is what can happen when nerds handle guns. This was etched into my 16 year old brain.

I've taught my kids over and over to never touch a gun without an adult's permission even if they think it's a toy gun. I've explained and explained that if a real gun has bullets in it, they could accidentally kill someone else or themselves. However, when we were standing in line at Wal-Mart last week, Liam spied a toy gun laying on the shelf at the check out. He picked it up, pointed it at Amelia and pulled the trigger. Then he proclaimed, "O.K., it's only a toy gun. I just checked. No bullets came out."

Will says that if we got one, we'd keep it unloaded and locked in a safe. While that would ease my mind, it also seems to defeat the purpose of having a gun. I'm sure an intruder is going to wait for me to open the safe and load the gun before he kills us all.

And then he played the zombie apocalypse card. Which, you know, he has a point.

What do you think, internets? Do you have a gun? How do you feel about them in your house? Scott Scanlon flashbacks aside, do you have any ideas as to why the thought of a gun bothers me so much? I need your insight.

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