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Parents differ on letting kids playing with toy guns

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A toy gun for sale at O.P. Taylor's Toy Store in downtown Greenville. (Feb. 18, 2013/FOX Carolina) A toy gun for sale at O.P. Taylor's Toy Store in downtown Greenville. (Feb. 18, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Toy guns have been a popular toy for generations, but now some parents are choosing to ban toy guns from their homes. 

The ban for many parents was brought on by the mass shootings two months ago in Newtown, CT, in which 26 children and educators were killed inside a school. Several Upstate parents tell FOX Carolina they have mixed emotions about the debate. 

"I don't think at this age it should be taught it's a game," said parent Lauren Morris. 

"I think it's silly, if you ask me. Kids have been playing with toy guns forever," said parent Doug Gaudieri.

While some parents may not allow their kids to play with toy guns, local toy store manager at O.P. Taylor's in downtown Greenville said some customers come in pleased to find that they have toy guns for sale, though they are not super realistic.

"I think it's silly, if you ask me. Kids have been playing with toy guns forever," said parent Doug Gaudieri.

Upstate therapist Dr. Roger Rhoades believes most parents have good intentions and recommends parents sit down and explain why toy guns are not allowed, if that's a family's decision.

We want to know what do you think about toy guns at home. Email us at foxfuss@foxcarolina.com, and we could share your opinion on air. 

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