It never ceases to amaze me how far we have come from the atmosphere of 2 centuries ago.
I would take that sentiment even further: how about 35 years ago, before the 1968 Firearms Control Act? That was a watershed in American thinking and social action, and not a good one.
I can remember as a teenager ordering a rifle and ammo through the mail and having it shipped direct via Railway Express. But, I didn't need to do that, except it was a particular military surplus rifle I desired. I could just as easily buy them (and did) at any number of places around, as the article states - in Sears, the local hardware stores, sporting goods stores, gas stations, just about anyplace. Nobody cared or even thought we were going to murder somebody. We even took them to school during hunting season and put them in the coat closet of our classroom so we could go hunting right after school was over.
Somebody tell me again how America has changed for the better since then?
posted on 11/21/2002 12:53:12 PM PST
I'm a bit too young to have purchased guns pre-GCA, but I DO remember seeing all kinds of handguns in the local (now bankrupt) department store circa 1967. I distinctly remember a German Luger.
On the other hand, one of my uncles regularly carried a rifle to school (for the shooting club there) in Queens, NY (part of NYC) in the 1950's, as did many of his classmates. No one got shot, and no one ever looked crosseyed at my uncle or his club mates. How the world has changed (for the worse).
I'm probably going to get a pre-GCA Sears catalog from Ebay, just to be able to show all of the anti-gun types that all of this was possible in the not-so-distant past.
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