Dr. John Lott, author of "More Guns, Less Crime," reports that until the 1960s, some New York City public high schools had shooting clubs where students competed in citywide shooting contests for university scholarships. They carried their rifles to school on...
I don't advocate a return to "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" or the regimen of prefrontal lobotomy which left Rosemary Kennedy a zombie for 64 years, but the pendulum has swung too far the other way. Both Loughner and Holmes (Giffords & Aurora) should have been off the street. Both of their colleges began action against them to keep them away from the insitutions but today's paradigm prohibited timely commitment to custodial treatment for them.
When I attended primary and secondary school -- during the 1940s and '50s -- one didn't hear of the kind of shooting mayhem that's become routine today. Why? It surely wasn't because of strict firearm laws. My replica of the 1902 Sears mail-order catalog shows 35 pages of firearm advertisements. People just sent in their money, and a firearm was shipped.
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