Our boys have all been crazy for paintball. DH and I are quite anti-guns (except for hunting or law enforcement, obviously). We didn't encourage or provide guns for play when the children were young. Just couldnt stomach it. When we moved to Ohio, our older boy grew up with neighbours going ape over paintball. Eventually, we figured if we stayed hardline about it, we would only make him want it so much he would become obsessed. So we allowed paintball. Now our twins have reached that age, and of course, once you've done it, you haven't a leg to stand on not to do it again---even though these boys are not the same boys their brother was (he doesn't even bother with it anymore---had the bug, played it out, got over it). It's never enough. First playguns, then paintball and then airsoft, We won't buy airsoft, but they play it at friends' houses. Today, we went to pick up boys at a friend's house. Sent them with all their gear because we knew they'd be out on his back woods playing with his arsenal of airsoft guns. Darn it all, one of our boys decidd he was too cool for protective head gear---and his brother was too caught up in the moment (and probably sibling rivalry, especially as the friends were mainly his brother's and he felt picked on) and voila! A recipe for disaster! So, in a volley of gunfire, with two lines of boys running at each other, Cain shoots Abel in the face--and luckily only breaks two teeth instead of putting out an eye or worse. This is such a downer. Especially because I knew it was a bad idea, their dad knew it was a bad idea, but still we let pressure get to us, and let ourselves be swayed by all the snide remarks about pacifism and Canucks who think denying guns to kids will be healthy or good. UGH!!!!! Just so you know, we had them bag up the paintball guns and all accessories and put them out in the garbage tonight---and we were straight about it--told them we made a mistake: we have never liked the guns, but we caved to pressure and it was WRONG! THere was a lot of pleading and arguing and a few tears--but we are finally sticking to our guns. Their dad said, If you want to learn how to shoot to hunt, I will take you and we can do it-you can shoot and kill a bird or whatever, but you will then clean and pluck and cook AND eat that kill. That is what hunting is for. But boy against boy, man against man for sport--not anymore while you are living under our roof. Should have taken that stand years ago-- or stuck to it, I should say, and not been swayed out of it.