Thank you for this topic and Kari for your response! This comes up all the time for me. With preschoolers who make pretend guns or play with guns I have started to ask more questions before laying down the law. "What does your gun shoot?" is often very interesting as they will say "monsters" or that their gun shoots out meatballs or that they are shooting to try to stop something that was an obstacle or harmful to others. I also ask "How can you be safe with your gun?" Thank you Kari for giving me more pointers to come back to regarding the safety question.