So, what would you NOT do these days?


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2nd Amendment
December 26, 2002, 12:28 PM
Another post got me to thinking, what would you instinctively avoid doing today that you did without a second thought as a kid or teen? Seems we've lost our national ability to put things in perspective.

When I was young we ALL packed knives to school. You could find virtually anything firearm related in someones car in the parking lots. We rode around with rifles on bikes and blew things up with complete abandon. Today? Yeah, would any of you try it now? Do you or would you let your children do any of the things you took for granted? And if you did, would you be surprised when the PD called and said "Y'er in a lotta trouble..."?

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2dogs
December 26, 2002, 12:32 PM
No guns as a kid (my Granddad had them though).

Drink and drive and all manner of evil things I did back then. Geez, I'm practically a saint now. Except I like guns.;)

AZTOY
December 26, 2002, 12:35 PM
Drugs, i have been clean for 5 years.

bfoster
December 26, 2002, 12:57 PM
This is a national wound more than a national loss.

Bob

Snowdog
December 26, 2002, 02:13 PM
I wouldn't try to race a Mustang with a Maverick these days.

I don't think I'd play war with ether-powered PVC spud guns anymore, either. We found those can break ribs and set coats on fire.

Blackhawk
December 26, 2002, 02:20 PM
This is a national wound more than a national loss. That's for sure! :D

spacemanspiff
December 26, 2002, 02:23 PM
i dont steal anymore. i was a klepto, anything i thought no one would miss (like comics or dirty magazines from the quickymart) to things that i didnt care who would miss, i'd steal. my older brother would routinely search my room for stolen items, and he always found something. my pattern bit me in my ass though, as i was accused of stealing a diamond ring and earrings from my mothers employer. i was innocent, but try convincing your family of that when you've always been guilty in the past. thankfully, the detective investigating the theft did believe me. it was kinda funny, at the end of her questioning me, she asked if i knew what a polygraph test was, and i didnt. so she tells me its a lie detector and then asked what the results would be if i took the test.
i said 'it'd show i am telling the truth'.
then i came up with a question for her: "What do YOU think it would say?"
she replied "i think it would say that too."

they never did find out who took the ring and earrings.

2nd Amendment
December 26, 2002, 02:33 PM
Hmm, this thread has taken an unexpected turn. I was aiming for things we took for granted as youths, rights of passage, or what have you, that would get the ninjas all over you today. Instead we get some seriously interesting stuff here. Hmmm. :)

444
December 26, 2002, 02:58 PM
I don't know if this qualifies, but I would never shoot or even let it be known that I own a gun around my own house. When I was a kid, I used to shoot out in the yard all the time. We lived outside of town but our nearest neighbor was only a couple hundred feet away. I shot everything from rifles to shotguns to airguns. As an adult, I moved into a semi-rural area, my neighbors are further away than when I was a kid. I only have neighbors on two sides of me, but I wouldn't think of even shooting a pellet gun outside the house for fear of having the police called or causing some kind of panic. I intended to set up a little air rifle silhouette range in my yard but since have thought better of it. I have shot a bow out in the yard and didn't raise any eyebrows. I also once shot a jackrabbit in the middle of the road with a pellet pistol because it had been hit by a car and was dragging its hindquarters. But other than that, I try to not let the fact that I own guns become common knowlege. When I load my car to go shooting, I wait until the neighbor across the street is in the house. When I was a kid, I left the house with guns all the time to shoot or hunt. I have walked down the road we lived on thousands of times with guns and never gave it a thought. I don't think my neighbors are antis, or even the type to panic at the sight of a lawfully owned gun, but today, you can't take any chances.

King
December 26, 2002, 03:04 PM
How about stuff like siphoning gas out of people's cars. We were bold enough and young enough to do it right outside their houses. A lot of the time, you could see them inside watching TV. Most of the guys did this type of thing on a regular basis because we didn't have money for gas.


Do that today and you might get toasted..........

Mover
December 26, 2002, 03:19 PM
I would not have BB gun fights, bottle rocket fights or even mudball fights.

Mover

kuroineko
December 26, 2002, 03:28 PM
Things I did then that I would not do now?
Walk about 2 miles from my house (from populated area to BFE) with a .22 Marlin slung over my shoulder to go plinking.

Schuey2002
December 26, 2002, 03:31 PM
When I was young (7 or 8 years of age)I use to wonder around the "hood" with a loaded BB gun shooting anything that moved..
Dogs,cats,and all four legged critters got pumped full of those coppery-orbs..

Ah,the '70's.. Boy,I miss my childhood. :D

Kevinch
December 26, 2002, 03:32 PM
My boyhood home stood at the top of a hill. At the bottom of the hill was (& still is) a traffic signal where my street intersected a 4 lane highway. Acroos the intersection stands a Sears.

Half way down the hill, between my home & the traffic signal, is an intersection with a side street.

I used to wait on my "English Racer" bicycle (dating myself a little here) at that side street intersection until I saw the traffic signal go yellow for the traffic on the highway. I then would begin pedaling downhill and time my arrival at the intersection (we hope) when the light went green for me, & see if I could go airborne as I hit it as there was a dip right before you hit the highway.

Of course, all of this was done in a t-shirt & shorts. People turning left out of the Sears could also cause issues.

Tamara
December 26, 2002, 03:44 PM
If I was pulling into my high school parking lot today, instead of 16 years ago, I sure as heck wouldn't have a 12ga, a Lee Enfield and a folding-stock 10/22 in the trunk... :eek:

Oleg Volk
December 26, 2002, 03:50 PM
In the old days (pre-97), I would not have a couple of guns on me. I did not buy ammo by the case or expect houseguests to bring rifles. To me, the evolution has been -- from an admittedely low baseline -- towards owning arms, carrying them, using them and teaching others how to do the same. Moreover, I've learned that law enforcement and military is made up of mostly decent people who support my rights as I support theirs.

These days, I would not leave home without a weapon, preferably a firearm, just as I wouldn't go out naked. It is a matter of comfort and social proprieties.

These days, I would not tolerate a person who wishes to subjugate others, no matter for what cause.

BigG
December 26, 2002, 04:08 PM
The way that question reads, it leaves a lot of latitude for interpretation. ;)

Atticus
December 26, 2002, 04:31 PM
Hmmm....I probably wouldn't take a thousand mile road trip in a beat up Pontiac with 150k miles on it, $200 in my pocket, mind altering substances scattered about, and a handgun under the seat. I'd drive something better now. :p

benewton
December 26, 2002, 05:47 PM
Flip side: something I should have done then, but "knew better".

Could have done Woodstock, except that I'd have had to go with $10 and hitch with some friends...

There's a penalty paid for growing up to soon!

redneck2
December 26, 2002, 06:17 PM
I used to take a shotgun or .22 on the school bus to my friends house and drop it off so we could rabbit hunt after school

man, how things have changed since the 60's

funny, every, and I mean EVERY farmhouse had loaded guns and I never knew anyone that got hurt or caused problems

of course, that was a time when the old man would put you over his knee....frivilous lawsuits would have been laughed out of court...people were responsible for themselves and their actions

Trisha
December 26, 2002, 06:19 PM
I don't listen to people who council rape survivors to be non-violent: that just got me raped a second time and I was unarmed and completely unskilled in martial arts!

NEVER again!

I don't encourage lesbians to stay in the closet for any reason - we learn to love ourselves and become empowered when we stop any and all self-loathing because we unconsciously transmit that and end up becomming targets for goblins who practice gay-bashing...

And I don't listen to anybody who councils women "to stick to smaller calibers" because "women just can't shoot big guns!"

Trisha

Sisco
December 26, 2002, 06:20 PM
If I had it to do over again? I'd avoid drinking & driving, smokin' so much pot, stumbling drunk down dark alley ways in third world countries & would stay out of Hong Kong tattoo parlors.
Luckily for me and fortunately for others I never caused harm to anyone or did any to myself doing all that stuff.

Oleg Volk
December 26, 2002, 06:24 PM
And I don't listen to anybody who councils women "to stick to smaller calibers" because "women just can't shoot big guns!"


All local women I who carry use 45ACP. Most men tend to carry 9x19. So much for the myth. Don't listen to Ian Hogg and his "powerful 45" tales.

Goblins of any kind need lead therapy. I don't care if they pick on others over religion, sexual orientation, ned for cash, spite or no reason at all -- wages of wantonly initiated aggression should be painful.

Monkeyleg
December 26, 2002, 06:28 PM
Things I wouldn't do? Geez, what a list. Some gun related and most not.

1. Not assume that a mattress against a brick basement wall is a good backstop for a .45.

2. Not do drugs (did a whole lot for a few years).

3. Not hide my naked girlfriend in the shower stall when my mother needed to use the bathroom.

4. Not hitchhike (the only time I ever came close to using a weapon on an attacker).

5. Not steal. Experienced cops know how to give the most painful wedgies. (It only took one episode to convert me, though ;) ).

6. Not start smoking.

There's more, but you get the idea: suburban punk.

spacemanspiff
December 26, 2002, 06:32 PM
All local women I who carry use 45ACP.

for some reason when i read that sentence i transposed the "I" and "who". reads VERY differently. :D

Gila Jorge
December 26, 2002, 06:33 PM
During duck season my waders and 3" 12ga were in the car outside the school...during deer season it was a 30-06 or 30-30 in the car. During trout season it was my fishing gear. Always carried a knife everyday. The first days of duck season, deer season, and trout season there wasn't any school....!

Shmackey
December 26, 2002, 06:38 PM
I can't remember what I used to do, so I hope I'm not doing it right now.

Bainx
December 26, 2002, 09:38 PM
The warning sign in the lab explains it all:


"Do Not Stare Into Laser With Remaining Eye"

CAP
December 26, 2002, 09:48 PM
Not drink and drive like a fool, though I luckily never got caught.

For me things that have changed are never being able to let my kids roam the neighborhoods freely. We went anywhere we wanted as kids. Mom neverhad to worry. Used to ride my bike all over town. I could never let my 2 girls do that these days. :confused:

Personal safety is so much more an issue now than back then. It's one of the reasons I own and intend to teach my kids to shoot in the very near future. :D :)

CAP

Lennyjoe
December 26, 2002, 10:07 PM
I learned that im not as invincible as I thought I was when I was younger.

Refuse to drive after having more than one alcoholic drink. I drove way too many times blitzed when I was younger. You know, when you wake up in the morning and ask who drove home cause you dont remember and everyone says "you did". I will not take away from my family or others should an accident occur just cause I "Thought" I was ok to drive.

Will not stand on the railroad tracks next to the road and throw snowballs with railroad rocks in them at passing cars. Was fun then but seems like a foolish thing to do. Expecially when we double tapped a police cruiser one night.

And the last thing I will Not do anymore is neglect my family. When I first came into the service I was married with one child. I was buck wild and did my thing. The wife was at home taking care of the child and others as they came. For the first 4 years of my career I neglected them and ran my course. Never again. Family is everything. Life without my kids is no life at all.

PATH
December 26, 2002, 11:17 PM
Don't run around anymore. The wife knows how to shoot and I hate to think about what she can do with a knife. Yup! I sure don't run around anymore!

cratz2
December 26, 2002, 11:27 PM
Man... this thread has made me realize I was a pretty darn good kid... I stole a pack of Rolo candy when I was about six and my mom made me take them back and appologize. That was pretty much it... no siphoning gas, no papering houses, no egging houses, no drugs, no car racing...

My childhood was lame!

natedog
December 27, 2002, 02:06 AM
i cant believe that you could take a shotgun or .22 on the school bus. in my computer science class, i almost got suspended for going on TFL. my principle explained that she didnt want me to go on any websites that encourage and teach violence. of course, many kids in my class routienly go on porn sites and only get off with a minor rebuke. blah.

Schuey2002
December 27, 2002, 04:12 AM
When I was young (7 or 8 years of age)I use to wonder around the "hood" with a loaded BB gun shooting anything that moved..
So, to fully answer your question. If I had children, I wouldn't let them do what I did when I was a youngster..;)

pax
December 27, 2002, 05:52 AM
3. Not hide my naked girlfriend in the shower stall when my mother needed to use the bathroom.
Monkeyleg, was there more to that story?

Things I did as a kid that I wouldn't do today... hmmm. I was too good of a kid. I'd get into more trouble if I had it to do over again.

Worst I did? I played lookout for a friend while he stole a clock from the local deli. He returned it the next week, without getting caught. The reason he stole it was cuz there was a big sign underneath it that read, "This clock will never be stolen, because our employees are always watching it!"

Gun related? My brother and I ran around all summer long, with BB guns and slingshots. I let my kids run around all summer long, with slingshots, but (*sigh*) I watch them more closely than my mom did us, and I don't let them loose with the BB gun unless I'm right there.

pax

A little boy is a noise covered with dirt. A little girl is a silence covered with her mother's lipstick. -- pax

80fl
December 27, 2002, 09:14 AM
Well I sure as heck wouldn't rip the mattress tags off anymore:p

2nd Amendment
December 27, 2002, 11:28 AM
I bought my first gun on a school bus, nate. Old sawed off dbl barrel POS. Took it to school and stuffed it in my locker. Sold it at school later on. Nobody said a word. :D

Gewehr98
December 27, 2002, 11:35 AM
And I sure as heck wouldn't shoot aluminum arrows out of a .410 shotgun using booster rounds made from 3" .410 shells with shot dumped out. I showed my wife the tree which still has parts of the arrow sticking out on either side. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

geegee
December 27, 2002, 11:52 AM
I sure as heck wouldn't skip as many classes. This was mostly a college practice, but since I did it so often as a younger man I had to include it.

Every year, my Mother would tell me "Save up the spending money and I'll send you to England for the summer (where all our relatives live). "Oh no, I can't this summer...I have to get ready for football in the fall." Moron. Now at middle age, all I have is bad knees and no memories of summers in England. Wouldn't make that choice again. :mad: geegee

BenW
December 27, 2002, 11:57 AM
Man, somebody should rename this thread "The Confessional".:p

When I was a kid (and this is growing up in ********** mind you), I carried a knife from the time I was 7 years old (and still do, only now it's always concealed). In High School, when the Buck 110 was popular, no outdoors oriented kid showed up for school without a 110 on a belt sheath. I even used mine during dissection day in biology -- try that today!

I also routinely showed up with a shotgun in my trunk during hunting season. A teacher might have occasionally quizzed me regarding possession of said gun, but only because they needed to see if they had to rush out at 3PM to beat me to the good dove blind in the local riverbottom.

Other random stuff:

* I made lousy grade gunpowder using my kid's chemistry set.
* I played Jarts.
* I played with cap guns.
* I had a REAL archery set when I was 8, and shot it in the front yard (dad insisted on a proper backstop).
* When we played army, the guns weren't pink or flourescent orange.

RikWriter
December 27, 2002, 12:20 PM
I carried a pocket knife with me to school every day as a kid. My son can't do that.

10-Ring
December 27, 2002, 12:35 PM
Not having those few beers before hitting the road has been my biggest change over the years.

Betty
December 27, 2002, 01:39 PM
Well I sure as heck wouldn't rip the mattress tags off anymore

Like the Serta commercial: "I got caught tearing a ... MAN to PIECES!" :D

I was quite a square kid. I never did anything really obnoxious because you bet Sergeant Mom would be all over it to straight it out immediately.

About the two most scandalous things I did as a kid was to put a cricket in a jar under my brother's bed for sick revenge ("Man, I couldn't sleep at all last night!") and hide in the car trunk when I was 4 or 5. Mom called dad, who called the police, who combed the neighborhood looking for me. My brother went door to door asking neighbors if they'd seen little sister. Me, I fell asleep in the trunk (of a 1971 Jaguar XJ6) and resurfaced a few hours later, much to the delight of mom. I never knew the full story of the cops being called until a couple of years ago. :p

So in other words, Runt was borrrrrring!

Monkeyleg
December 27, 2002, 06:36 PM
Pax, there's much more to that story, but it would be inappropriate on this forum. ;)

Like I said, lots of things I wouldn't do anymore. Another is not allow myself to get locked out of my car at night in the local park. By my girlfriend (different girlfriend). In the snow. Wearing nothing but my socks.

2nd Amendment
December 27, 2002, 06:47 PM
My God that's too funny. :D

I'd have had to kill her.

JPM70535
December 27, 2002, 06:57 PM
Ditto on not carrying a knife to school today ( Common practice when I was a kid) Also I don't think I would ride down the main street of my town on my bike with my 22 rifle or 410 shotgun slung over my shoiulder while headed to the woods for a day of shooting rats, tin cans, and anything else that struck my fancy.
Then, the local cops would tell you to have fun and be safe and wave you on your way. I shudder to think of the consequences today. Then again, we didn't go around shooting up schools and playgrounds, or knifeing each other over a pair of Air Jordans.

It's just a different world.


God made man, Sam colt made them all equal

wingnutx
December 29, 2002, 06:11 PM
Back in 87 I would take my shotgun to school in the trunk of my car. I was in the trap-shooting club, and we went once a week right from school.

sm
December 29, 2002, 06:33 PM
Drink and drive.

Not hide GF in closet when Mom arrives home unexpected.
Not hide GF under bed when Stepmom arrives home unexpected
Not be in shower with GF and have a better excuse why Dad really really needs to take the trash outside...before shower finished.
Perhaps stopping the elevator on the 10 floor at the building where I worked wasn't a good idea, yeah, same GF

Not have closed the Drive In Movie theatres...I think thats what wrong with kids these days;)

Monkeyleg
December 29, 2002, 07:07 PM
re1973, it sounds like I'm not the only one who let the Little Guy do the thinking for the Big Guy in his youth. ;)


(Hmmm.... I hope that's not inappropriate for this forum).

Dennis
December 29, 2002, 07:10 PM
re1973,

Your posts seem to lend credence to your sig line... :)


(Mods: We need a "feigned innocence" smiley! :D )

sm
December 29, 2002, 07:16 PM
I had to borrow a car, she had a car. We shared other interests, besides shooting my Colt Combat Commander, and Dad's 22 revolver. We went to movies, fished, did some interior painting at dad /stepmom's house and worked on the yard at mom's. We worked downtown, I needed a ride home, but she got off earlier than I.

ahem, sometimes things just gave people the wrong 'impression':D

Preacherman
December 29, 2002, 07:18 PM
I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you! This thread is no place for a Chaplain... :D

(P.S. - The confessional line forms on the right, at 9 tomorrow morning. Your penance will be the donation of one firearm of the confessor's choice to a priest designated by him - no prizes for guessing which priest... :D )

sm
December 29, 2002, 07:24 PM
OK I was raised as one. Boy I never thought saying that might save my bacon...fingers crossed:D

[true story, I actually told a Nun whom broke her rosary "Hey I can remove that broken spot and hook it back up" she said with a laugh " umm you ain't Catholic..are you? Well...they don't teach that stuff in a Baptist Sunday School...honest]

thumbtack
December 29, 2002, 09:30 PM
I started to make a list but it was to long.

Bog
December 29, 2002, 10:26 PM
I wouldn't....

1) Walk up to a policewoman, point at her chest and ask "Do those flash blue light?"

2) Make fireworks whilst smoking a cigarette.

3) Add water to the acid.

4) Play with bulk electromagnetic erasers around unbacked-up data.

5) Sleep with a client.

I would....

1) Climb a tree, mountain or just on top of a car or roof.

2) Carry a knife. Everywhere.

3) Get to know high ranking cops really well socially.

4) See that week when the machines are all tied up rendering 3D as a good excuse for a Render Bender and spend a night in jail sleeping it off. Urp. 'Scuse me, constable!

5) Trust.

Pointman
December 31, 2002, 01:09 AM
Shoot arrows straight up :impaled:

deanf
December 31, 2002, 03:12 AM
For me things that have changed are never being able to let my kids roam the neighborhoods freely. We went anywhere we wanted as kids. Mom neverhad to worry. Used to ride my bike all over town. I could never let my 2 girls do that these days.

I often wonder when I see parents waiting with their kids for the school bus if bad things happen to kids any more often now than when parents didn't wait for the school bus with their kids.

piccolo
December 31, 2002, 04:16 AM
Originally posted by Atticus
Hmmm....I probably wouldn't take a thousand mile road trip in a beat up Pontiac with 150k miles on it, $200 in my pocket, mind altering substances scattered about, and a handgun under the seat. I'd drive something better now. :p


roflmao

But with .......say $375, a beaup Pontiac with.....lesseee, maybe 125k on it, and the mind altering substances neatly hidden away, you'd be off like a shot, huh?


IM me. I think I could use a road trip these days the way things are going at home these days![:)]

Smoke
December 31, 2002, 12:13 PM
hmmmm........Maybe I haven't grown up! Or maybe I live in a better place than others.

I haven't ever used drugs or been a klepto. I never snuck my naked GF into my parents house when there was ANY chance of them being around. I DID carry guns to school. (nobody cared) I DID carry knives to school. I did turn 17 armadillos loose in the hall on the last day of high school (but nobody knows it was me other than two accomplises) I DID drink too much beer. I DID stay up too late and party too hard on nights when I knew my Dad would make me work the next morning.

Things I still do: Play with guns (responsibly) Play with fireworks. Drink beer. Occasionally act stupid around my kids.

Things I do but shouldn't. Dip Copenhagen.

I tried to quit the life threatening, damaging, illegal, immoral or unethical things from my life. Mostly I succeded.;)

mussi
December 31, 2002, 07:32 PM
Sure one thing in Switzerland:

NEVER, EVER TRY TO ROB A GUN SHOP!

That's almost a sure way to get transformed into one of the local cheese specialities which unilaterally have too many holes.

Also, never fire a battery of mortars into a snow cowered area without checking the marked-off target area with a light intensifier and an IR visor. But that's another story....

buford1
December 31, 2002, 07:49 PM
I certinly would not be making any home made fireworks. Used to blow a 55 gl drum about 40' up in the air. Man it was great being a kid in the 70s. Also wouldnt fish like we used to in them pennsylvania ponds.:ar15:

TallPine
December 31, 2002, 07:52 PM
I sure had a misspent youth ....

I missed out on the naked girlfriends and all that good stuff :D

H&K Fan
January 10, 2003, 05:02 AM
Ah, youth, so wasted on the young.

Jmurman
January 10, 2003, 06:47 AM
neglect putting money in investments and LEAVING them there.

Riding bikes at night, thats bicycles.

I grew up with guns and have taught my children to use them.

Joe Demko
January 10, 2003, 07:44 AM
Wouldn't do "wet worK" for the CIA again.
No more torrid love affairs with Hollywood starlets, two and three at a time.
Climbing Mt. Everest once is enough.
Breaking the bank at Monte Carlo has lost its savor.
No more Roman-style orgies with decadent European artistocrats.
Summoning supernatural beings through the use of unclean, arcane rituals probably isn't the best idea in today's legal environment.
Most likely wouldn't eat gato frito con mole verde again.
See if I overthrow the government of a small, bewildered third world nation and replace it with myself as a god-king ever again.

I guess, instead, I will devote myself to becoming another middle-aged suburbanite with a receding hairline, a mortgage payment, a car payment, daycare bills, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.

KP95DAO
January 10, 2003, 09:17 AM
"Road trips" take on a whole other meaning when they are taken to be there when your youngest graduates from Ft. Benning and there is a madman loose in the middle east.


Most of what I did as a child is still going on in that place. There is something to be said for growing up in a near wilderness.

JPM70535
January 10, 2003, 09:53 AM
These replies bring back fond memories of summer days spent bicycling through our town with 22s slung over our shoulders, stopping to talk with the Policeman on duty and having him tell us to have fun, decimateing the local rat population at the dump while other folks went about the business of dumping their trash without worrying about us shooting at them. (We all practiced gun safety religiously) Driveing to school with our 3030s and 12 ga. shotguns hanging from the gun racks in our pickups, and parking in the lot without bothering to lock the doors. TRY THAT TODAY. Going to class with at least a boy scout folder in our pockets, and never a thought to using it in a fight.

Sure am glad I'm not a kid growing up today.

foghornl
January 10, 2003, 12:34 PM
Hmmmmmmmm

I walked or bicycled anywhere in town I wanted...some places I knew NOT to go. Always had some form of pocket knife. Tossed shotguns into trunk of freinds cars before school for an after-school hunt. Bought my first shotgun from a friend, walked home (about 1-3/4 miles) with said shotty over my shoulder ..several cops drove by and waved at me, one stopped and we chatted about shottys for a bit, and he showed me his new issue Rem 870, and asked what I had. Didn't show me, [kept it holstered] but his 'Service Revolver' was a new Colt Trooper 357. Gave a speech in Senior Class about shottys, complete with brothers Rem 1100 as a visual aid.

Try any of those things now, and see how fast you get busted for "inducing panic" or "creating a public disturbance/nuisance" or "making terroristic threats". :cuss: :cuss:

bronco61
January 10, 2003, 05:11 PM
When I was young we ALL packed knives to school. You could find virtually anything firearm related in someones car in the parking lots. We rode around with rifles on bikes and blew things up with complete abandon.

Still going on here. In the fall, there's plenty of shotguns in the back windows of students' trucks here at the school I teach at so they can go directly out duck hunting from school.

Not uncommon to see people walking/riding down the road with their rifle on the way to the harbor to go deer hunting.

While I don't think knives are allowed at school for legal reasons, I haven't seen any problem with them. I can guarantee if I needed a knife to open something, plenty of kids could produce one from their pockets.

ball3006
January 10, 2003, 05:41 PM
icy cold shaken Bombay Gin martini with an Atlas olive when I get home from work......Friday........chris3

Malone LaVeigh
January 10, 2003, 06:42 PM
I probably wouldn't get away with carrying a pellet pistol on my paper route to use on dogs. BB gun wars in the backyard would probably be frowned upon. Carrying my .22 on my bike to go shooting at the river bank probably wouldn't work. Shooting a squirrel in the back yard with my .22 would be right out.

Last summer I was working in Arkansas and had occasion to drive around Lake Ouachita. As I rounded a bend in the road, I was greeted with the sight of 3 boys standing out at their mailbox, each with a gun in hand. Don't know whether they were BB's or small-cal rifles, I was gone too fast to take a good look. But that sight has stayed with me. I'm glad such scenes still exist somewhere.

When I take my son shooting, we either go to a gun range or drive a long way out in the National Forest. He's 13 and has never had the experience of going tromping off with a few buddies to see how many cans they can sink in the river. :(

Now, as far as things I wouldn't do, I wouldn't leave as much can and bottle litter from my shooting all over the place. I wouldn't shoot road signs, abandoned appliances or small critters. It's probably good we have some of the rules we have now. A kid in my Jr. High did get killed in a hunting accident. And I can remember a lot of times when dumb luck kept me or a buddy from getting shot. But I also can't help feel that something important has been lost.

spacemanspiff
January 10, 2003, 06:49 PM
(P.S. - The confessional line forms on the right, at 9 tomorrow morning. Your penance will be the donation of one firearm of the confessor's choice to a priest designated by him - no prizes for guessing which priest... )

okay, but all i'm donating is a POS lorcin or jennings or whatever sub-$50 gun they have at the pawn shop. oh, and expect me to embellish or gloss over key details about past alleged 'sins'. :evil:

bpisler
January 10, 2003, 08:53 PM
I would not drink 15-25 cans of beer,smoke a couple of joints and then drive home,all in a couple of hours time.I had to move from alaska to arizona to break my bad habits.

Autolite
January 11, 2003, 12:24 AM
I put a lot of effort into keeping my face shut these days. Not because I'm older or wiser or because I had any bad experience from beeking off, but because of our Canadian gun laws and the PC climate we live in. Our laws are such that if you say anything that could be interpreted as a threat, or indicative of violent intention, it would be justification to have your guns taken away from you. In Canada, we have to apply to renew our firearms licences every five years and that is when the feds do another "background" check on you. If anything turns up that showed you were involved in any sort of violent act or if someone claims that you made them feel threatened, then it's bye-bye licence and guns. (That's how the government is going to get our guns. There will never be mass confiscation. Gun owners will simply have their guns taken away, slowly, bit by bit, by being disqualified to own guns via having their renewal applications rejected).
So, as a gun owner, I choose my words very carefully, avoid arguments or confrontations of any type, and bite my tongue often. When I find that I'm having trouble keeping my trap shut, I just think about loosing my guns ... forever ... and then it's much easier to walk away from a fight. I don't even crack jokes anymore that could be misinterpreted as being threatening or violent. Sometimes I feel like I living trapped in some "Rod Serling Twilight Zone" episode. "Planet of the BlissNinnies" ...

Justin
January 11, 2003, 01:45 AM
Ye Gods, Autolite!
I can't imagine having to choose between exercising my first amendment rights or my second amendment rights. :(

Justin
January 11, 2003, 02:03 AM
4) See that week when the machines are all tied up rendering 3D as a good excuse for a Render Bender and spend a night in jail sleeping it off. Urp. 'Scuse me, constable!

Render Bender!

ROFL! Now there's an excuse for jacking all the rendering iterations for the reflection/refraction maps to the gills! :D

jsalcedo
January 13, 2003, 04:11 AM
I used to make a couple of boxes of 38 special wax slugs then
my buddies and I would run around the house with our
Taurus .357s like it was a hogans alley and shoot at each other.

Boy those suckers hurt. I used a lot of spackle in my parents house when I was a teenager.

Yeah shooting guns in the house would be something I wouldn't do now.

jsalcedo
January 13, 2003, 04:19 AM
I used to make a couple of boxes of 38 special wax slugs then
my buddies and I would run around the house with our
Taurus .357s like it was a hogans alley and shoot at each other.

Boy those suckers hurt. I used a lot of spackle in my parents house when I was a teenager.

Yeah shooting guns in the house would be something I wouldn't do now.

8Balls
January 13, 2003, 08:52 AM
I still pack my knife (a big one, trust me!) in school. Teachers couldnt care less.

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