I went to high school in the mid sixties. At that time it was customary to teach male students the basics of military drill, in uniform, and with rifles. The basement of our school had an indoor firing range, and all these same students were taught the function of a military firearm, and an initiation to marksmanship.
It was explained to us by the instructors (our academic teachers) that the reason we did this was because WW2 had taught them that lack of preparation in military defense, cost us dearly, and that never again would we be caught unprepared.
This worthy cause was initiated by those who could still clearly remember the ravages of that war, but the lesson they had learned, died with them. The global awareness of today’s youth, and those who teach them, does not even go so far as a basic knowledge of the oceans that surround our country, or the location of Africa on our globe. In a world that often looks more dangerous than ever, we are content to let others bear the burden of preparedness. The thought of letting our school kids handle a firearm, would give our gun-free darlings a stroke.
Did we not have criminals and nutcases back then? I’m sure we did, but they did not have the incentive that instant media celebrity status now gives them. I believe that is the main difference between then and now. And the current focus for ramping up legislation in hopes of hitting on a workable defense against the spontaneous whims of gun-toting crazies, is about as useful as our dearly departed gun registry. The focus of such laws, whether initiated by Alan Rock or Obama, is always to restrict the actions of those who will obey such laws. By default, these laws will do nothing to hinder those who do not. After all, murder is already gainst the law.
Such laws are for the political benefit of the legislators, and amount to another relic of the sixties – “if it don’t go chrome it”.