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...
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.
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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