Stick to Your (No) Guns?
Timely one from a reader: “We moved to a new town two weeks before my first grader started school. She’s adjusted well and is now talking about having play dates with her classmates. I have started to get to know the parents of her classmates, but I don’t know any of them well. Is it overstepping to ask the other parents if they keep a gun in their house before I allow my child to go there for a play date? I am not judging them for having a gun, but I am not at all comfortable having my child play in a house where there is one. (Insert plug for Gavin De Becker’s “Gift of Fear” and “Protecting the Gift” here.)
“My husband, who is generally very reasonable and makes considerate decisions, is not as supportive of this as I would have hoped. He thinks asking the question would be uncomfortable (which it will be) and borderline inappropriate (which is where we start to differ). Thoughts?”