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    Social/Ethical Problems With Nerf Guns

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    Post  JacobYeah Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:14 am


    So I'm doing an assessment type thingy for my graphic design class at school, And one of the tasks in the assessment type thingy was that I had to pick a brand/logo to report on (obviously I picked Nerf straight away lol). I have to talk about things like what Nerf offers, is it advertised lots, what age group is it aimed at etc. Then i came across a question that got my attention, and it states:


    "Are there any social or ethical problems or issues with (Enter Brand Name Here) in society or the community around you that you know of? You may survey other people to get their opinion."


    So the first thing that came to my head is the one about all black blasters being dangerous because people may think that they are real firearms, but so far that's the only one that i can think of.


    So I was wondering if anyone else out there has experienced problems with Nerf Blasters in the community around them.



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    Post  Dietzie Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:30 am

    The only problems I have come across is the social issue of getting a ribbing for playing with toy guns although this only lasts until I show them what can be done or that I don't care what they think of my hobby


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    Post  Eclipse Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:41 am

    Some of the guys at school think I'm mad lol. I collect toys, video games and action figures, so that's a bit out of the norm. to them, although my friends generally accept it, and I have a couple that are right into Nerf too, they just aren't on OzNerf. I can see possible social implications arising if you talk to non-Nerf people about Nerf, but that's about it.

    In regards to black blasters, it wouldn't be the best thing to bring up as modding Nerf has a whole list of possible issues people can try and use against the brand.
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    Post  Bommah Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:08 am

    I suppose one problem is that parents might be worried about their kids getting hurt or that pretending to shoot one another may impact how they grow and develop.
    As for social problems, some of my friends have taken the mickey about me playing around with toy guns. I do have one friend who isn't specifically into nerf but reckons they're quite fascinating, he's into air cannons and whatnot.
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    Post  mister_elliott Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:20 am

    Bommah wrote:I suppose one problem is that parents might be worried about their kids getting hurt or that pretending to shoot one another may impact how they grow and develop.

    Man pfsshhh everyone knows that pretending to shoot things now equals actually shooting thousands of people as an adult.
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    Post  JacobYeah Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:34 am

    Thanks for your replies, youve really helped me.
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    Post  Sir_Spacemonkey Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:10 am

    An ethical issue is when some person takes your gear.
    A Social one is when you punch the guy out.


    *THIS IS A JOKE*
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    Post  Bommah Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:35 am

    mister_elliott wrote:
    Bommah wrote:I suppose one problem is that parents might be worried about their kids getting hurt or that pretending to shoot one another may impact how they grow and develop.

    Man pfsshhh everyone knows that pretending to shoot things now equals actually shooting thousands of people as an adult.
    Haha! Modern culture, how you haunt us!
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    Post  Sadavi5 Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:24 am

    Maybe this is just an American thing, but ever since the Columbine school shooting (and the Virginia tech one and the recent Ohio State one and others...) there has been a bit of stigma against any sort of gun ownership, be it Nerf, paintball, airsoft, or actual firearms. Though it's mostly concentrated in the North- it's a constitutional right and all but that doesn't mean people feel safe around the concept. Many people think of anyone with an interest in guns of any sort as unstable, ill-adjusted, and potentially violent. I used to catch a lot of flack for my hobby, so much so that I almost never tell people I modify guns, but instead opt for the wording "Prop Design" or "Toy Optimization and Customization". Plus it's not the sorta thing you'd whip out on a first date, but I think that falls more into the already-mentioned categories.
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    Post  mavshot Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:47 am

    My mum had a ethical problem with nerf guns and that sort of stuff.
    But I have about 20 nerf guns now.

    She was under the impression they were dangerous and that I would take somebody's eye out.
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    Post  camo1010 Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:07 pm

    I think nerf wars are more like team/social building
    events. Modifying them is stimulating the mechanical
    mind and also teaching physics.

    So really we learn more when playing with nerf guns.

    But that's just my opinion.

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