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...
Got my first .22 @ 9 years old. Lived in southern CA in the city, had to drive out to San Bernadino county to shoot. My house was full of my fathers guns, we never touched. Gun culture was taken for granted by kids raised in the west, its who we are, like it or not. To moderns this means violence, to us it means self control, Nobles Oblige. The obligation of the noble to defend the weak.
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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