"There are many theories about children’s need for gun play. Gun play comes from a deep inner core of need. Preschool age children, especially boys are searching for power; it is a deeply ingrained need in young children, particularly children beginning at age 4."
This is a excerpt from a blog post, Gun Play - "Bang, bang! You're dead! ... My turn!" on the LUME Institute website. With a child's need for power, the post states that parents and teachers cannot stop this need, instead it needs to be guided. Read the entire post to learn about helping children through gun play.