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Are Guns the Problem?

NewJAl Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 10:36 AM
When I taught, I pointed out that tulip bulbs from Holland, being alive, filled the ship holds with CO2 and ship members could die if they went down there. The same is true of all non-photosynthesizing plant life, but that is just a useless aside after your very funny comment. Once a teacher, always a teacher, and that can be quite annoying.
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...