Originally Posted by KwGeek
just to play devils advocate for a moment, I can only think that the Mother of these Kids thought that the airsoft Guns that her sons were shooting were in her mind toys and that there was not chance that some body could get hurt with a simple child's toy.
hell people still buy their children the Red Ryder BB Gun that shoots steel or copper BB's.
it's amazing just how ignorant people can be when it comes to some items.
Some people would never thing about letting their child near a real rifle that shoots real ammo, but a BB gun, they think what harm can that do?
I think it goes a bit further than that. A parent would likely know what a BB or pellet gun is, and would teach their kids to treat them accordingly (i.e., as RS). However, airsoft guns are relatively new(ish). The parent probably would file it under the same category as a nerf gun, rubber dart gun or cap gun simply because it's made of clear plastic.
Still, that's no excuse for bad parenting. Ignorance is, in the eyes of the law, not a valid defense.