Growing up in a quiet Jewish neighborhood of the Bronx, I was about as far removed as could be from the gun culture. But as a five or six year old, I would beg my parents to take me to visit the toy store a few blocks away so that I could gaze longingly in the window . . . at a toy six-shooter.
I share my story because I think it's typical. Of course there are exceptions, but from time immemorial the great majority of little boys have been drawn to toy weapons while little girls have largely been attracted to objects familial and domestic. At least until now. According to Yahoo Finance reporter Jen Rogers, who in an article entitled "Toys and gender: How things are changing this holiday season" recently wrote "if you think Barbies are for girls and Nerf weapons are for boys, you must be living in 2014."