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...
Funny story. I was a school resource officer at an elementary school. The school faculty found a plastic, red and orange toy gun in a 4th graders book bag. The school was frantic because they had a "zero tolerance" policy on weapons on school grounds. They wanted the student suspended and came to me to "do something" about it. This in spite of the fact that the gun was clearly a toy and couldn't shoot a projectile. I told the principal and staff that a 4th grader having a plastic toy gun in his book bag is not a crime. However, to pacify these emotionally unstable educators I told them I would just write an "information report" and they could handle it administratively. I called my sgt ( a liberal former school teacher) just to advise.
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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