In defense of water guns

When we talk about gun control I think a lot of people get up in arms (pun intended) because weapons speak to a deep seated ancient need. Weapons are some of the first tools that humans developed, and we relied on them throughout thousands of years, perhaps 99.9% of our history as a species, we relied on weapons to feed ourselves, to defend ourselves against animals and enemies. But now they are so taboo. Children aren't even supposed to have water guns any more. I have many friends who find the idea of hunting abhorrent, but I know many good hearted, kind people who find it to be a fulfilling ambition. (Obviously I'm not referring to big game hunters and horn thieves.) I don't think the hunters I know are bad people, they find it a nice opportunity to get out in nature and, for the most part, they take their game as food. I don't think that's something they should be ashamed of. I think weapons are important, even in this day. I think children should play with water guns, even then they sense the power they hold when they wield one, and the disparity when they are on the receiving end. I think they should hold knives so they know that they can be cut, but also that they can carve beautiful things. Weapons are often beautiful things, art pieces in many ways, and we shouldn't be afraid of them. But we have to recognize that boundaries are what we require to create a human experience we all want to live in. Sex is beautiful, but only when two adults decide to create it together. Cars are fun, but only when we all abide the rules of the road. It's time to stop talking in absolutes, all guns or no guns will never work in America, but I believe we can find a happy medium.