Why Can’t We Play With Guns?

If you clicked here thinking this was going to be anything about politics, think again.
Though you can go ahead and enter something crazy liberal here for my opinions on that.
Cross that off the Bill of Rights, see if I care. 

But really, we’re talking about childhood. 
And how I was deprived for most of mine.

You see, my crazy liberal mother (is that where I get that from?) decided that seeing any type of violence, fake or otherwise, would be damaging to our young developing minds.

Yes, I was one of those kids who never had a fake gun, sword, or weapon of any kind.
No Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or any movie with any fighting.
See, told you. Deprived.

The significance of this? Lost on me. Could be fake for all I know.

How could I fight with the other kids over which Power Ranger I got to “be”?
And what about the time I said, “the blue one” only to be made fun of because duh, 
the blue one is a boy. 
That’s when I learned: when unsure, always pick pink.

I missed out on light saber fighting, a decent amount of lazer tag, and wearing skin tight body suits (wait, I made up for that in college). 
My brother never got to play with Army men, G.I. Joe, or Transformers.
What replaced all this non-sense (to quote Meighan) was good, wholesome fun.


Me and this kid played in the barn (yes, barn), made our own hiking trails, read tons of books, and played Risk. Nothing says “normal” like a constant quest for global domination. 

So was my childhood ruined?
No. Not by this at least.

But I will say that to this day when my friends get all nostalgic about their favorite tv shows, halloween costumes, or video games, I’m clueless. Seriously. 

I’ve been made fun of well into adulthood for my lack of knowledge of basically anything that happened on Saturday mornings in the 90’s.

Thanks, Mom.


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  • I grew up without a TV – it broke when I was 4 and my parents turned not getting a new one into a political stance – and, to this day, I don’t know the theme song for Saved by the Bell and I have never seen a Boy Meets World. it’s not guns, but I was deprived, too! hehe 🙂

  • I don’t remember ever really watching TMNT or Powerangers, so either you’re not missing much, or you’re not the only one who didn’t watch them….so there’s that.
    Loved the joke at the top! I agree so much it’s ridiculous.
    <3 Kiersten

  • No Power Rangers?! I WAS the pink ranger!! haha

  • My dad was that way with scary movies, because they would “pollute my mind.” I made up for that later. 🙂

  • If it makes you feel better, my crazy conservative mom made me stop watching Sailor Moon and any media that she felt contained too much “witchcraft-esque” stuff. sad. She also tried to ban The Simpsons like a good mom, but my dad watched it, so that one we got away with. 😉

  • Pretty sure we had the same mom! the only difference would be that when my mom went away (which wasn’t all that often) my Dad let us break all the rules! So I have at least a small point of reference when it comes to the 90’s lol

    Popping over from Messy Dirty Hair 🙂

  • I always wanted to be the red one, but my brother always chose that one. So instead I was the pink one. I grew up outside a lot, and really was always reading, but my parents definitely surrounded us by all things pop culture to get us to try different things!
    xo, Maria

  • No Power Rangers? Oh noooo! That was one of my favorites- I was the pink one for Halloween one year!

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  • I just read the comments and feel more than validated … I wasn’t the only one … OH … and you WEREN’T deprived … we took your brother to play lazer tag a lot, not sure where you were (insert giggle) … dismounting soapbox … aloha!

  • Ninja turtles were my favourite , I even collected huge amount of their comics and stickers. But my mum never let me buy costumes of Power Rangers.
    Stopping from blog hop and following along 🙂

  • Awwwwww. Hmm. I don’t think that was anything to do with liberal bit more “flower child make-love-not-war” mantra? Haha. Thanks for linking up!

  • We couldn’t have guns either. My brother accidentally got one for his birthday in like a Western play set or something and we had to have this BIG talk about why guns were dangerous and why we should never play with them because they might look like toys and end up being real and we could kill someone. Fast forward to TODAY (how weird is this) when my dog steals some cushions from my neighbor’s couch, which I promptly return. There was a gun laying right on the couch and I went into a mini panic. Called her, called my office, what do I do with a gun laying on a couch? I’m pretty sure it is a toy (she has 2 boys) but it looked real and as my mom taught me, you don’t touch, just in case!

  • My mom was the same way! When I wanted to play war games with my friend and her brothers, my mom wouldn’t let me because you shouldn’t pretend to shoot at people. Or whatever her excuse was. We didn’t even have fake guns, we were literally holding imaginary guns, and my mom was still not okay with it. Makes no sense lol.

  • I’ve been made fun of well into adulthood for my lack of knowledge of basically anything that happened on Saturday mornings in the 90’s. <— I was exactly the same way! Actually I’ve found many other people in the same position too 🙂

  • my mom didn’t like a lot of pop culture-y stuff either, but i had an older sister who let me watch whatever with her, including mtv and some inappropriate 80s movies. oops. but we all turned out normal either way, right? you might need to go back and watch some of the classic 80s movies though – some good stuff 🙂

  • I grew up without a TV — as Betsy said above, it broke when I was quite young and my parents used just about any excuse they could to avoid buying a new one. I still get teased a bit when I don’t get a pop culture reference from my generation! I’m trying to go back and watch reruns if I can find them now 🙂

  • My mom never let me watch Beavis and Butthead on MTV and that used to tick me off so bad….She also used to get pissed when she caught me watching “MTV’s The Grind”….hahah it was just a show with pretty people dancing in bathing suits by pools, LOL!!!!

    xo Dinah @ sunshine super glam

  • Those cartoons were all OK in my household…but Beavis and Butthead and 90210 were not. So, violence was fine, but I guess my mom drew the line at fart jokes and teen sex?
    Penniless Socialite
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  • You didn’t miss out on anything. Power Rangers was so dumb! I grew up out in the country so I spent most of my time playing out in the pasture and playing “house” with my little sister.

  • That is too funny! I don’t think you missed out on much! Ninja turtle – dumb. Power Rangers – dumb. I wasn’t allowed to watch MTV as a kid and I would always sneak it!!

  • I’m laughing because this was also my childhood. I was SO afraid of guns that when my neighbor pulled out a toy watergun I ran home crying to my mom screaming “GUNS ARE BAD!!!” Also, we could only watch PBS. Ha!

  • Even though I don’t share your political view(which is totally okay, we’re all entitled to our opinions and I am not here to in any way confront/bash), this post made me think a lot about my own kids. The comments on here about people not being able to contribute to conversations about pop culture from their childhood…I can’t relate because that wasn’t me. However, we don’t have cable at home and we don’t even connect to our local channels. We just watch Netflix. I don’t really plan to ever spend money on cable. I just had this HUGE “aha” that maybe my kid will be writing a post just like this someday mostly because his/her mom had some weird thing about not wanting television for no real reason! 🙂 HA!

  • I used to love watching TMNT. It’s still on!! Except it is the newer ones and not ones from the 80s and 90s 🙂

  • This is simultaneously charming and sad! I loved all the fun 90s stuff that I got to experience BUT my parents also ensured we spent time outside! I had horseback riding lessons, we played kickball in the street for hours (well the culdasack where cards don’t drive! My parents weren’t totally negligent!) had adventures in the “creek” behind our house and more! I think you learn to be more creative when you have to make your own fun like that and I’m sure you have awesome memories.

  • I loved your comment so much I linked to it from my blog at http://www.utahqueenofchaos.com/2013/04/the-weekly-roundup.html. Hope that’s ok! My mom never let me have play guns growing up either.

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