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Prince George sparks online debate after the three-year-old was pictured playing with a toy gun.

The young royal was seen pretending to shoot the plastic firearm at other children and even his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge.

He and his little sister Charlotte had joined Kate to watch Prince William take part in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire.

Twitter users questioned why he had been allowed to play with the toy gun, with many of those pointing to the current surge in violent crime that has hit the UK.

A discussion on Sunrise saw the show hosts arguing that it is just a little boy trying to do what “normal” little boys would be doing.

Should they know better? OR is it simply a little boy having fun?

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  • I for one don’t like toy guns at all. But that is just my opinion.

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  • Personally I don’t like the idea of them playing with TOY guns but it’s none of my business if others kids play with them

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  • He is a child let him be one. It’s about time people let parents parent their own children instead of interfering all the time.

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  • Im just surprised they were allowed in with a toy gun in the first place as most public events with royals security is tight and I doubt you would be allowed to bring one in for yourself.

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  • My son used to make a gun out of anything so keeping guns away from them is just ridiculous. Yes I understand that there is gun violence however you teach your children about the seriousness of guns. We need to stop parenting other peoples kids and focus on our own.

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  • I think it is inappropriate that they let him play with toy guns in public. There will be many people who have suffered violence at the end of a gun and it would be very traumatic for them. Personally I did not allow my son to play with toy guns until he understood the damage real guns could do. Innocence and guns do not mix well. If a child was to pick up a real gun and shoot their sibling are we still going to say he was just playing with a ‘toy’ gun. We should and especially the royals should be promoting peaceful play and not anything that is remotely associated with violence.

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  • Let kids be kids. It’s innocent until an adult makes it otherwise.

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  • It’s simply a little boy having fun – butt out PC police.

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  • How ridiculous that anyone would criticise this! Children, in particular boys (from my experience of having both girls and boys), enjoy playing with toy weapons, and if they are not given a toy gun or sword they will make one out of whatever they can!
    It has no connection to violent crime. We used to play with toy guns back in the early 60’s and nobody blinked an eye, but these days people assume that toy guns are causing violent crime. How nonsensical. Much of the surge in violent crime in the UK is related to racial tensions or drug use.


    • I think you are missing something here, back in the 1960’s there was very little violent crime and also no violent games on computers, we did not view violence on tv the list goes on. More violence in the home and it is not drugs that fuel it.

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  • I get why people are concerned, but when it comes down to it hes a boy and boys play with guns . We tried to keep guns away from my grand child, but he would get a stick and pretend is was a gun ! So teach them the dangers and be sensible, but hes just a kid having fun .

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  • Think this is simply a boy having some fun. Even when you haven’t toy guns at home, kids might draw them or make them from lego blocks !

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  • Children do play with various toys which includes water pistols and other guns.


    • His father was in the forces and will no doubt teach him about weapons and responsibility. Children will still play games and will play fight. The cause of gun violence is another matter all together. Other forms of violence are more prolific in the UK – knife violence. The UK is not similar to USA – different gun laws.

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  • Lets let his parents decide what appropriate toys for their children are??

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  • Gosh my brother and myself would run around playing cow boys/girls and indians with guns and bows and arrows and we are fine. He’s a child let him be a child.

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  • I agree it’s “normal” – but it shouldn’t be.

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