It is okay for parents to purchase war toys for their children, because parents know what their child can and cannot play with. Plenty of people have played with war toys when they were children, and did not become scarred by it. Parents have the right to purchase toys for their children, without other people commenting on how wrong it is that they are purchasing war toys for them.
I believe that "war" toys, like plastic military men with guns, guns, military vehicles, and all related toys should be introduced to children by their parents. I do also feel that this should be done only when the child initiates the discussion. Parents should not introduce the toys unless a child is showing a particular interest in them. Each toy should be explained, with the child being taught that weapons, especially those used during war, are not actual toys and should only be used for the intended purpose. Children have a very limited understanding of death, so too much information would likely only confuse a child who does not understand fully yet the concept of death.
War toys are accused of encouraging violent behavior, the same way that violent video games were accused of doing the same. However, a parent has a right to choose what is appropriate and inappropriate for their child, and they have a responsibility to teach them the difference between imagination and reality. War toys stimulate a child's imagination, help them form problem-solving strategies, and are a better way for them to let off steam, rather than actual violence.
As hard as one may try to purchase toys that are not violent, a little child will make up "guns", using their hands or natural found objects, anyway. The point is that children need to be taught to shoot at targets, not people, and use their toys in a respectable manner. This is where the problem lies, and not within the purchase of the toys themselves.
This is not OK because it could encourage children to play with real guns. Or they could pick up a real gun and think it's fake and really hurt someone. And if they play with guns or weapon toys they might pretend to hurt someone and then think it's play if they actually DO hurt someone.
Parents should not buy war toys for their children because children can get toy guns mistaken with real guns. Plus little kids can bring toy guns to kindergarten and mistake them with real ones, pretend to shoot and they can shoot little kids with real ones and they will be dead.
I think it would be bad because some kids are violently crazy and their parents wouldn't care at all.So I think that it is not OK to give kids fake guns or fake swords because they could grow up and could kill someone and then go to jail. So don't give little kids guns(even if they are fake).
While parents can purchase whatever toys they want for their children, I think a little forethought would be worthwhile to consider the kind of play that will ensue.
War toys teach that pretend-war is harmless and acceptable, and therefor that real war is, too. Parents who would not let their children "play" rape and sexual assault games (one hopes) turn a benevolent eye on preparing their children to kill or be killed. It hardly seems in line with the other things we try to teach children about good, healthy human behavior: violence is wrong. Might does not make right. Killing is wrong. Use your words, not your fists. War toys give children the idea that violence is sanctioned by the adults around them, as there is an industry making these toys, so "it must be okay". Children exposed to war, living under the threat of violence daily, are something to be taken seriously. Money spent on war toys would be far better spent if it were donated to organizations that help the victims of war and which promote world peace.
The arguments that war toys help children to "let off steam", stimulates their imagination, and teach them to problem-solve are ridiculous and dangerous... there are healthy and ethical activities that allow children to use their energy, such as, riding bikes or skating, swimming, climbing trees, team sports, dancing, acting... these activities will also increase their spacial intelligence, improve balance and coordination, strengthen their bodies... want your child to learn problem solving solving? give them construction toys like meccano's "build and play" go on instructables website and find projects to build.. reading books, encouraging them to write their own stories, making art, learning to play music instruments, these are activities that will nurture their imagination as well as science experiments.. There is plenty of violence around, it's impossible to shield it but we can discuss issues around violence with our kids at appropriate times. WHY encourage more violence in your own home? War is not a biological human need, it's been scientifically proven. Teach yourselves and your kids about human rights and empathy.
No, I don't think children should play with war toys, or any violent toy/video game, because the child could grow up thinking that it's alright to act the way they do in the games/with the toys, when it's not.