Years ago my Grandfather told me about his typical day in school, where he’d walk to school in the snow, barefoot, uphill, both ways… No, wait… That was Cosby. Ok.
Seriously, he lived in Iowa, and he really would walk to school barefoot, his shoes around his neck, because shoes were required for school yet were NOT cheap. He was allowed to wear his shoes, with socks, if it was snowing or below freezing. He’d walk in them on the grass on the side of the road (dirt road) because the grass wouldn’t wear down the leather nearly as much. Unless it was wet, of course, as that would wet, then rot the leather, so when the grass was wet, he’d walk on the road.
REGARDLESS, he carried his .410 shotgun to school every day because that’s what he used to hunt rabbits, quail, and other game, which for him was just about anything, as he and his family was both dirt-rich and dirt-poor, meaning they had good farming land, but nothing in terms of money to buy things like shoes and socks for school.
Thing of it is, he and his classmates ALL carried rifles or shotguns to school, beginning around the third, fourth, or fifth grade, depending on when their parents though they were mature enough to handle a firearm. Even his teachers were armed! Armed teachers – what a concept. Interestingly enough, the accidental death rate due to firearm back then was about 1/10th what it is today. So! Is it an age issue? No. If it were, it would have occurred far more often back then. Is it a firearms issue? Of course not. ALL statistics, worldwide, have clearly demonstrated a rock-solid INCREASE in crime when a county implements gun control.
So, Is it a training issue? Yes, largely, but when it comes to crime, no, it’s not a training issue, but it’s certainly a training issue with respect to those who’re formulating public policy. Botttom line, if they voting anti-gun, they’re without a clue, just whipping off legislation left and right with little if any benefit from reality. They need to pay far more attention to websites such as NationMaster, which allows us to definitively compare the U.S. with any other country around the world. Therein, we can obtain a far more true and accurate picture than what the mainstream media is presenting at this time.
I hope they’re listening. I hope they know that I don’t enjoy poking holes in their massive illogic. I hope they know the only reason I do so is because America can no longer afford to put up with any of their illogic, that the liberals’ lack of any ability to think things through to their logical conclusion is what’s landed us in this hard spot in the first place.
Back to my grandfather. He told me they used to stack their weapons in the corner. Years later, I watched a John Wayne film about a grade-school bunch of kids roped into riding herd on some cattle. In the movie, they did the same dang thing, which made me realize perhaps Gramps hadn’t been stretching the truth… I made some calls to a handful of historians and discovered that the practice of bring hunting rifles and shotguns to school was very common 100 years ago, usually beginning at the start of middle school (6th grade), but often starting as early as the third grade, with the permission of the parents, and that yes, it was common practice to have both armed teachers, and for the students to stack their firearms in the corner.
As my grandfather was the youngest of nine kids, he’d had a lot of sibling tutelage at a very young age. Given all of the above, if he said he was one of the kids who carried his shotgun to school when he was in the third grade, I’d believe him. At that age I was flying u-control airplanes, building and flying model rockets, and had been slaloming on one ski for two years. I shot my first firearm the summer after third grade, and taught my son to do the same when he was nine years old, same as myself.
So, liberals. What the HECK is your freakin’ eyesore? You’re brain-dead. Go away. Stop bothering me and my kin.
Given all of the above, and the rampant lack of school massacres back then, I’m wondering why we’re violently opposed to firearms in schools, provided they’re in the hands of those who pass multiple background checks, when our grandparents carried every single day?
Yeah, right… Read any Louis L’Amour novel and tell me I’m wrong. Most of his stuff was dead on with respect to law and order in the old West.