Because you just never know if there might be an ogre or a dragon around the corner.... you might want to keep some guns in your jammies. Clyde got this nerf gun from his cousins for his birthday and it was an instant hit. Sticks used to be "swords" but now they are "guns". We're not really gun people, but little boys have a definite affinity for them. As soon as he saw one he was enthralled. He has stick guns, plastic guns, lego guns... you give him something and he can turn it into a gun.