Walter Williams: Things Haven’t Always Been This Way

Have a daughter, I started teaching firearms safety and how to shoot, at about three years old.
She spent years in the Navy Sea Cadets.
Started out in the league Cadets, for very young kids.
Her boot camp for the league cadets, she kicked a fat girls butt for picking on smaller kids.
She and the fat Girl had to do bunch of push ups for fighting.
She told me while grinning, said she was popping the pushups out, while bully fat girl was straining on every push up.

She had to go to Sea Cadet boot camp when older.
There the Marines ran pistol qualifications with the M-9.
She told me how the marines were very careful, to explain everything to the kids, safety, aiming, all of it.
She said she was not really paying attention, cause I started teaching her all that at three.
Said she guessed they thought they were going to have problems with her.
her time came, she shot the bullseye to of the Target, laid the pistol down, locked back of course.

Marines all excited said, How did you do that!

She answered, my dad is a Seabee, I been shooting since I was three.

Marines, why didn’t you tell us?

She, would you have believed me I said I could do it?

Marines, Probably not!

She, You do now!

Your children will grow up to be what you teach them to be.
My daughter, is not a victim, nor a sheep.

John C Carleton

By Walter E. Williams | July 18, 2019 | 9:47 AM EDT

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Here’s a suggestion. How about setting up some high school rifle clubs? Students would bring their own rifles to school, store them with the team coach and, after classes, collect them for practice. You say: “Williams, you must be crazy! To prevent gun violence, we must do all we can to keep guns out of the hands of kids.”

There’s a problem with this reasoning. Prior to the 1960s, many public high schools had shooting clubs. In New York City, shooting clubs were started at Boys, Curtis, Commercial, Manual Training and Stuyvesant high schools. Students carried their rifles to school on the subway and turned them over to their homeroom or gym teacher. Rifles were retrieved after school for target practice. In some rural areas across the nation, there was a long tradition of high school students hunting before classes and storing their rifles in the trunks of their cars, parked on school grounds, during the school day.

Today, any school principal permitting rifles clubs or allowing rifles on school grounds would be fired, possibly imprisoned. Here’s my question: Have .30-30 caliber Winchesters and .22 caliber rifles changed to become more violent? If indeed rifles have become more violent, what can be done to pacify them? Will rifle psychiatric counseling help to stop these weapons from committing gun violence? You say: “Williams, that’s lunacy! Guns are inanimate objects and as such cannot act.” You’re right. Only people can act. That means that we ought to abandon the phrase “gun violence” because guns cannot act and hence cannot be violent.

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