As America continues, so does gun purchases

As America continues, so does gun purchases

I had my first rifle, a single-shot .22, when I was 11. A 20-gauge single-shot shotgun followed when I was 14. I bought my first handgun, a .22 revolver, when I was 16. I grew up in an NRA family, in rural northern Pennsylvania. Then I went to an urban university and over the next four years, I put away the toys of my youth and gradually took on the toys of my new profession as an Army officer. After Vietnam, I gradually hung up all my toys. But some of one’s youth survives into one’s senior years. During those formative years, The Bill of Rights had almost the same stature and gravitas as The Ten Commandments. Church and state were closely aligned in my Euro-centric education and culture. And we were locked in a seemingly endless Cold War with the Soviet Union and Red China for survival and domination of the world. Much began to change in college and really in the Army. From the assassination of JFK in my first semester through the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement and into the era of Me, much with which I had come of age had slipped or dropped away. And still some of my youth clung to me. The gentlemen who convened to write the Constitution for the United States certainly understood the political power of weapons in the hands of the common man: they had just won independence from the most powerful European nation and its standing […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.