I like to keep an open mind, and I admit that it's a wise parent who asks, how can I protect my child against the weapons I keep at home because that's relevant to some professions.
But some questions go more in the downright scary direction of What is a good starter firearm for children?
I find the topic itself quite worrisome, and merely by allowing the topic here, we grant the mix of weapons and children some degree of approval which I am against. I'm not going to burden this question with arguments of my personal opinion up front, but I think we need to discuss our stance on whether weapons questions should be allowed.
I suggest this policy:
Safety questions, yes.
Weapons choices, no.
Wow, this sparked a very good discussion with many contributions to either side.
Clearly, weapons is a highly controversial area (unlike, say, stroller selection). I'm pleased to see that nearly every contribution was constructive. So far a few clear distinctions have emerged:
- Weapon safety is considered on-topic by everyone. End of discussion.
- Weapon training is the controversial issue. This answer most eloquently states the argument against. Arguments for are more scattered.
- It has been suggested to keep even the controversial questions, but add answers that argue against the issue; and then let the voting do its work.