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Are Guns the Problem?

Roc1929 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 3:04 PM
When I was in school in the '30s and '40s every boy that I knew carried a pocket knife.
hboring Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 10:30 PM
I started school in 1944, the fall after D-Day. We played war at recess, or cowboys and Indians. A little later, we all carried pocket knives. My grandpa taught me to whittle and peel apples. We played mumblety peg at recess. Except for that game, knives and guns were tools. We treated them with the seriousness taught us by our elders. If we got into fights, it would never have occurred to us to resort to guns or knives. My gosh, we didn't want to hurt each other, much, we were just fighting after all. In all those years, I don't recall an accidental discharge, nor an unintended wounding. We were just careful; yet we all carried rifles and shotguns on our bikes when going camping or hunting.
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...