Re: Play/toy weapons
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:43:51 -0700 (PDT)
For example in our community we did talk about weapons, were shocked to 
discover that one of our members has weapons, came to good conclusions, also 
considering that perhaps someone who works as police, or in the military might 
join our group.

Never in 100 years did it occur to me that our hippie commune liberal 
ecological granola folk would consider having the kids play with guns and 
swords would be ok. There is this thing where you just assume that other people 
are like you in so many ways so they must be like you in all ways.

The funny thing about co-housing, compared to other ways of being in community, 
is its not easy to just leave. So here I live with people who have completely 
different values about this one thing that I care very much about. Honestly I 
think its been good for me to have that struggle.

(in terms of original question—we have discussed having a no weapons (play or 
real) in the common house and have not agreed to it—but lots of folk enforce it 
any way.)

(The Rev.) Elizabeth M. Magill

> On Jul 20, 2016, at 3:30 PM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]> 
> wrote:
>> On Jul 20, 2016, at 1:42 PM, Tiffany Lee Brown <magdalen23 [at]> 
>> wrote:
>> My overall impression was, "if this community is anti-gun, shouldn't that be 
>> written into their community guidelines? Why find this out after you buy a 
>> townhouse and move across the country?”
> When communities are starting there are huge numbers of things to do and to 
> decide. Plus you have 30+ households  moving all at the same time. Everyone 
> has a household in shock. They can’t find anything and their pets and 
> children are going nuts. And they are learning how to manage a multi-million 
> dollar residential real estate project. Maintenance, inspections, etc.
> Issues are dealt with that involve present residents. It would be impossible 
> to deal with all the issues in the world. Plus no one knows what all those 
> issues are until someone with them moves in.
> It’s also hard to predict what will be an issue. One person’s issue is 
> another person’s common practice. Following common sense rules doesn’t work 
> in a diverse community.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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