Sometimes questions arise in which the poster asks something like "How best to do X" when many people disagree that X should be done at all.
Two recent examples come to mind. In one, the OP asked what kind of firearm to start his children on. Some of the commenters indicated a desire to close the question because they didn't think children should use firearms at all. In another, the poster asked when corporal punishment was appropriate and the commenters wanted to close the question because they felt that striking a child is never appropriate.
Should we vote to close questions like these?
On the one hand, I understand the desire to close questions like these. I also agree that striking a child is never appropriate, and that maybe the best gun for a child is no gun at all.
But on the other hand these are just my opinions, and my opinion is no more or less valid than anybody else's; including those of the OP who wants to know which gun to choose. Closing questions that ask which gun to choose, simply because we don't think any gun is appropriate, sounds like a slippery slope leading to censorship to me.
There is also a question raised in the gun thread about whether or not the question should be closed for the same reason a question like "which soccer ball should I buy my child" should be closed: because it's not strictly about parenting but about soccer. I won't go as far as saying this reasoning sounds disingenuous, but it does smack of loophole-searching to me. After all, there are other questions like this one that are completely non-controversial, but also have nothing to do with parenting. Should we not discuss which stroller to buy?
None of the issues raised by the above posts are strictly about parenting (like this one might be), but they are concerns that parents might have.
I propose that we not vote to close these questions as being off-topic unless they truly are off-topic. If you think that the best gun for a child is no gun at all, you can express that by posting an answer of your own to the question. But the question is a valid one.
After all, closing the question that asks "which gun should I buy" isn't going to convince the OP or anyone else that the best gun is no gun at all. It will only result in those parents who do want to buy a gun having fewer resources at their disposal in making an informed choice.