Last weekend I was able to see Flieswithoutwings and his family for a couple of hours before making the drive back home on Monday. He told me that his oldest son, who is about to turn nine (I think) asked for a shotgun for his birthday.
He told his son that you have to be big and strong to be able to fire a shotgun.
His son thought about that for a second and said that they could just get him a sniper rifle instead.
It seems that someone's been playing Halo.