There is a difference between owning guns and having access to guns. I grew up around guns and began hunting somewhere around 8 or 9. Didn't own a gun until I was around 17 or so. At no time were gns treated as a toy or something sinister and evil,
My grandson shot his first deer at 7, but once again, guns were never treated as toys.
I have some problems with the Cricket style kids guns in that it is dificult for a very young child to understand the difference between a pink lethal weapon and a pink toy.
Today I have more problem with gun games around young kids. Shooting the bad guy only to have him pop back up sends the wrong message. We knew better.