When I was a child I didn’t play with guns. Swords: yes, but never guns.
At Zach’s preschool there seems to be a high proportion of boys and every time I visit they are anxious to show me their sticks/constructed StickleBrick guns which are hurriedly transformed to ‘water pistols’ by the staff.
Matthew and Anya are obsessed with swords (probably thanks to Minecraft) and frequently sword fight in the garden. Quite frankly this terrifies me as both of them are dangerous! But they are no different to me and my sister playing She-Ra in our own back garden as children.
We grew up with films like Star Wars and it was always the light sabers that held our fascination not the blasters. Obi Wan puts it best: