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Are Guns the Problem?

AudiR10 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 3:09 PM
My father kept loaded guns in the house for the entire time he had children at home. My father taught us, "If it's not yours, don't touch it without permission." We didn't. His three cardinal rules were "Sit down. Hush up. Hands off." He said if you learned those three rules, you'd never need any others. A gun will not kill anybody -- even a loaded gun will not kill anybody -- unless somebody picks it up, loads it, points it at somebody and pulls the trigger. Absent a person, a gun is a hunk of metal and wood that minds its own business.
Ken5061 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 5:17 PM
My father kept unloaded guns in the house. We didn't need loaded guns except to hunt. We didn't need to lock doors or take our car keys either. Now we are all Chicagoians.
rpm Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 4:41 PM
My maternal grandfather was a WWI sniper and an authentic gun expert. Gunsmith, nationally ranked shooter.

He had a 30-06 (his favorite) behind every door and in every closet. Must have been a couple dozen of them. His rule was "treat them as if they are loaded--because they are". He was of the opinion that an unloaded gun was useless.

I don't necessarily subscribe to his theory; I keep my firearms somewhat disassembled, so that there is no possibility of an accidental discharge. But--he had a point, he also lived in a time and place where self defense was not just theoretical.
rpm Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 4:43 PM
Have old family pictures of the living room as a child--two firearms over the couch--a prized double barrel shotgun and a .22 used for varmints.
Ken5061 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 5:21 PM
You only need to keep them or the ammo out of reach and teach the kids to leave them alone. Kids have been jerks forever but they can be taught to obey. Hide the ammo is safer. Unloaded guns are not useless except in certain emergencies and they are much safer.
Ken5061 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 5:23 PM
In the west, today, there is a firearm or two hanging over the seat in the rear window of every pickup truck.
william704 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 2:51 AM
he was indeed correct that an unloaded gun is useless. without ammo its a rock or a stick. when i had guns i kept them fully loaded all the time. i sold my guns to try to save my house after being laid off. i should have kept them and walked away from the house.
william704 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 2:52 AM
he was indeed correct that an unloaded gun is useless. without ammo its a rock or a stick. when i had guns i kept them fully loaded all the time. i sold my guns to try to save my house after being laid off. i should have kept them and walked away from the house.
william704 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 2:52 AM
he was indeed correct that an unloaded gun is useless. without ammo its a rock or a stick. when i had guns i kept them fully loaded all the time. i sold my guns to try to save my house after being laid off. i should have kept them and walked away from the house.
william704 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 2:53 AM
he was indeed correct that an unloaded gun is useless. without ammo its a rock or a stick. when i had guns i kept them fully loaded all the time. i sold my guns to try to save my house after being laid off. i should have kept them and walked away from the house.
william704 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 2:53 AM
he was indeed correct that an unloaded gun is useless. without ammo its a rock or a stick. when i had guns i kept them fully loaded all the time. i sold my guns to try to save my house after being laid off. i should have kept them and walked away from the house.
william704 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 2:53 AM
he was indeed correct that an unloaded gun is useless. without ammo its a rock or a stick. when i had guns i kept them fully loaded all the time. i sold my guns to try to save my house after being laid off. i should have kept them and walked away from the house.
william704 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 2:53 AM
he was indeed correct that an unloaded gun is useless. without ammo its a rock or a stick. when i had guns i kept them fully loaded all the time. i sold my guns to try to save my house after being laid off. i should have kept them and walked away from the house.
william704 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 2:53 AM
he was indeed correct that an unloaded gun is useless. without ammo its a rock or a stick. when i had guns i kept them fully loaded all the time. i sold my guns to try to save my house after being laid off. i should have kept them and walked away from the house.
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.

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...