In a country where children play with toy guns—and some appear to be doing more than playing—the proper role of weapons has become a subject that parents cannot afford to ignore. Whether or not there are guns of any type in the home, children will be exposed to weapons in play groups, on television, at sporting events. The question then becomes how to instruct your child about guns. Do you elaborate on a news report about a shooting? Do you take them to a store that sells guns? Do you read a fictional story about people feeling the emotional loss after a loved one was shot? About a teen gang shooting? The answers to these questions depend on the age and interests of your child as well as your own convictions, but our present culture strongly suggests that all parents must do something to protect their children.