Not all that long ago, 1984 or so. I did a demonstration speech for English class on how to clean a gun. I carried that .410 bolt action in it's case on the bus to school, put it in my locker and brought it to English class where I got one of the few A's of my schooling career and that afternoon carried it home on the same bus. My how times have changed! Of course to me that gun was no different than a shovel,pitchfork or a wrench, although it needed to be treated with more respect.
Re: Should I be surprised? in reply to neverfear, 10-26-2013 01:31:11
I can equal that. I went to high school in the late-70s and graduated in 1980 in a town of about 800. Every year, we had an FFA game hunt. This was where all the kids in FFA were put into one of about five teams, and during the hunting season, went out on a Saturday to hunt pheasant, quail, and rabbits. The team with the most pheasant, quail or rabbits shot by the end of the day would win. Mind you, this was a SCHOOL SPONSORED sport with real shotguns, promoted the the FFA instructor and blessed by the school board. Fast forward 30 years in the same school, and my son (unknown to us) put a rubber band gun in his book bag and took it to school. It was a rubber band gun that my son had bought on a garage sale and was very crudely made on on a band saw, used an old board for the stock, two dowel rods for the barrels and two clothes pins for the "triggers". Two teachers went ballistic when they saw it and tried to have him expelled. Not because it could shoot an eye out (that was never mentioned), but because it was a dangerous "GUN".
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