My two children are currently at their grandmother’s house three hours away as they’re spending a few weeks out of their summer vacation with their cousins and family members. My mom Instagramed a photo of them playing with their younger cousins with what looked like toy guns. I immediately text messaged her.
“Mom, why are they playing with guns?”
“Oh, I just bought a few water guns for them to play with outside. It’s no big deal,” she replied.
Well, without sounding like an overzealous and protective mother (wait, actually, I am that), I wasn’t too happy with her purchase. My 3-year-old son has never played with a toy gun in our house, nor will he ever. Having kids “shoot each other” while running around playing cops and robbers is something kids might have done in the 70s and 80s, but in this day and age, you’d think we could be a little bit more sensitive about the matter considering all the gun violence we see and deal with on a daily basis in this country.
After flipping through my Instagram pics and sending my mother a virtual eye-roll (I’m allowed to do that), I browsed through my gossip and blog headlines just to read this next:
Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 11, Gets Shot in the Head in World War Z
Are you kidding me???
Hollywood star and dad Brad Pitt explained his son’s role in his movie by saying, “He gets shot in the head . . . multiple times. But he gets double tapped. I don’t know what that says about me as a parent.”
Oy. Well, Brad, I’d hate to break it to you, but it sounds like you might be a little out of touch with reality, in the same way my mom is. While I’m sure that Maddox is old enough to understand that his role as a zombie on his dad’s movie was pure acting, it seems as if our generation of children and teenagers are not quite understanding what Hollywood tends to glamorize with gun violence and how it translates to the real world.
We can perhaps debate this topic all day long, but in all honesty I’m just a little disappointed in Brad Pitt (and my mom’s) rather lax approach to guns and children. As a parent, I’d hope that Brad had a little bit more to say about his son getting “double tapped” and what conversations he and Angelina Jolie have about violence with their six children. For a celebrity couple that dedicate so much of their time to being humanitarians who travel the world to bring to light some of the planet’s most horrific causes, you’d think they’d have an open dialogue about it at home at the dinner table. That, and my mom and Brad Pitt should take a glass on gun violence and children awareness together.
As I’m sure we all already know, guns don’t always kill people, but they certainly play a role. But it’s a role that I’d rather have my children not play with, nor watch.
Thoughts, Babble readers?
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