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7th Grade...1963

Look at that room full of boys paying very close attention. No ADD there!!

I did a (public speaking) speech/demonstration that year on the "Guns of the Old West. I had only the new Gun Digest to use for my material. My teacher liked the idea and brought a 1863 Zouave. Not exactly in the time period but it was a gun and it got everyone's attention when the teacher allowed me to hold it and point out the parts. She didn't have any ammo but I had some marbles about the same size...about 1/2 inch. (Not the .577 normally used, but who would know the difference?) I got the gun bug pretty early in life.
My dad wouldn't hear of it when I wanted a 22 so he got my brother and I Sheridan 5mm rifles and we were notorious squirrelers in the neighborhood.

Those were the days. IMHO, if we returned to those days and demonstrated safe firearms handling in schools maybe...ahhhh, those were the days. People had a keen sense of what was real back then.
 

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I did a (public speaking) speech/demonstration that year on the "Guns of the Old West. I had only the new Gun Digest to use for my material. My teacher liked the idea and brought a 1863 Zouave. Not exactly in the time period but it was a gun and it got everyone's attention when the teacher allowed me to hold it and point out the parts. She didn't have any ammo but I had some marbles about the same size...about 1/2 inch. (Not the .577 normally used, but who would know the difference?) I got the gun bug pretty early in life.
My dad wouldn't hear of it when I wanted a 22 so he got my brother and I Sheridan 5mm rifles and we were notorious squirrelers in the neighborhood.

Those were the days. IMHO, if we returned to those days and demonstrated safe firearms handling in schools maybe...ahhhh, those were the days. People had a keen sense of what was real back then.
Couldn't agree with you more....Nice of you to be involved too!
 

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Couldn't agree with you more....Nice of you to be involved too!
I did my best to get everyone interested. It is pretty cool to be a 7th grade student and be allowed to demonstrate a deadly weapon to my whole class. This was before the sad day to come...Little did I know what event was on the horizon that would change our world.
 

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They taught respect for firearms back then, And from law enforcement to boot
 

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Respect

They taught respect for firearms back then, And from law enforcement to boot

They taught real respect for people too. Not political correctness.
 

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I wonder how much a brick of 22LR went for back in the day?
 

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How do we get back to those times?

So...how do we get back there?
Get rid of those who teach political correctness and start to teach and hammer in to the young'uns that true respect is not putting their wants and wishes above those of everyone else. As hard as this will be to promote, the only way to promote respect is to ingrain the Biblical instruction to consider everyone better than oneself.

I am not going to go into thumping the Bible here...we have a forum for that. But what is in the Bible doesn't need fixing. Man's laws all do...
 

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You do have a valid point there hombre. I was teaching in White County Arkansas when Hillary Clinton became governor of that state. What a mess...
There are basic truths ... simple, every lasting, and so beneficial.
 

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You do have a valid point there hombre. I was teaching in White County Arkansas when Hillary Clinton became governor of that state. What a mess...
There are basic truths ... simple, every lasting, and so beneficial.
It has to be real and it has to be a vast majority who adhere to it.
 

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guns in school

That's a great pic !!

My dad grew up in the outskirts of Sheboygan, Wisconsin; they used to bring their 22's to school and the teacher would put them into his/her locker until the end of the day when they would hunt squirrel, rabbit, or whatever on the way home. Dad was born in 1938.
That was the late 40's early 50's, he was 10 and his brother (my uncle) was 13, they also had three sisters and everybody pitched in.
This was out of necessity to supplement the groceries, a completely different lifestyle than today. I used to have some old B&W photos of said events but can't seem to find them anymore, it was an interesting era in our family history ! Dad had a break action single shot and my uncle had a pump, 22's both.
 
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