During Marine Week 2011 in St. Louis, kids get to meet Marines, see what real life heroes are like, watch some of their drills and...handle real, big ass weapons.

Wait what? Yeah, these kids get to put their grubby hands all over weapons of medium destruction. I'm not saying it's wrong—there's no way those guns can be loaded—but isn't there someone who thinks it's a little bit unsettling? Anyone? (Anyone?) Do kids even understand what these tools are capable of? Playing Call of Duty is a far cry from handling real weapons that can kill real people.

I don't want to be a prude but come on people. [Flickr]