My two 9-yr-old sons were discussing their ardent wish to become police officers. “It would be so cool. You get to use guns and Taser and learn martial arts and drive a police car really fast with the lights on….”
My 13 year old son helpfully remembered something he’d read about police officer training. “You know, in police academy when they’re training you to use Tasers, they have to Taser you.”
“No way,” said the younger ones, looking horrified.
“Yeah, it burns like fire but only for a second.” The 13 year old said this with some satisfaction.
“I don’t want to get Tasered,” said one of the 9-yr-olds uncertainly. You could just about see him pondering alternate job options.
The 13 year old chose that moment to add another helpful tidbit. “Yeah, and when they train you to use pepper spray, you have to get pepper-sprayed too.”
“No way. What about when they train you to use a gun?” asked my other 9 year old, concerned. “Do they have to shoot you?”