Originally Posted by nizfiz
Originally Posted by MuffinMan
Yes, there is the occasional good apple amongst the barrel full of rotting ones, but when the rotting outnumber the good, it's very hard to paint a positive picture on the youth of today.
Do you have kids? That's an awfully harsh judgement to make. You can't judge an entire generation based on what you hear on TV and in studies.
On another note, what happens if an adult gets seriously injured at an airsoft field? He/she can sue too can't he?
Your parallel to letting a 14 year old drive your car is jsut plain dumb. There are very clear laws against that. I don't think there are any clear laws against a minor handling an airsoft gun. For god sakes, it's a toy gun and in the proper environment (ie. an airsoft field) what difference does it make.
Indeed? Let's see...I've been a High School teacher for over 10 years, so I CAN judge an entire generation - I deal with kids up to 50 hours a week, and I see all the moronic stunts they pull all day long. I also have a son that's older than many of the members of this forum. I get to judge.
To address you comment about adults vs. minors in general, adults are considered to be responsible for their own actions; minors are not. If I intentionally do an airsoft drive-by and get caught, I'm going to jail and likely going to civil court for damages. A minor will get released to their parents, and nothing much will come of it from a legal standpoint because (as has been said multiple times, but you aren't getting it yet) minors are not accountable for their actions.
I fail to see why you consider my parallel to a child breaking the law, whether it be with an airsoft gun or an automobile, dumb. You yourself admit you "don't think there are laws against minors handling airsoft". Guess what, sunshine? There are laws, and you don't know them. Ignorance of the law is not going to get you much sympathy from the members of this forum nor the police or legal system. Virtually every major city in this country has bylaws making it a crime to discharge airguns within city limits - city limits includes parks and your backyard if you live in the city, where many teens play . The Province of Ontario has a law that prohibits the ownership of airguns by anyone under the age of majority - that's 18; not 16, not 17. 18. There are laws about who can and cannot drive an automobile, just like there are laws about who can and cannot own an airsoft gun. The analogy is a perfectly good one - you just don't like it, and/or don't understand it.
Finally, these are NOT toys - they are, as defined by the Canadian Firearms Centre (which SPECIFICALLY mentions Tokyo marui airsoft gun) Prohibited devices. Again, something you apparently do not know.
I'd suggest you spend some time reading and researching the apparently huge sum of knowledge that you admittedly don't know about this sport in Canada.
ps - can you at least spell my screen name right. It's just a respect thing, you know? Something the younger generation always struggles with....