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A question for some of you older gentlemen (and ladies)

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by MikePGS, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. MikePGS

    MikePGS Well-Known Member

    Has there always been so many people who seem to be paranoid and fearful when it comes to firearms? As long as I've been alive I've known there were a good number of people who had this attitude. But has it always been like this? Kind of curious since I saw this advertisement today


    And couldn't even imagine seeing something like that these days.
  2. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver Well-Known Member

    This isn't the first time I've seen this exact post... Maybe I'm having deja-vu or just losing my mind?
  3. Liberty1776

    Liberty1776 Well-Known Member

    No. When I was a kid, I believe more people had guns, and recognized them for the tools and useful items they are. But then, I was raised in a small farm community, so that certainly may have made a difference...
  4. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    Back in my day kids use to play with guns all the time and we had lots of accidental discharges since wealso played with the ammo.

    It is the reason our parents were always angry and drank too much,,,
  5. yeti

    yeti Well-Known Member

    No wasn't always this way.

    I grew up in NJ, 13 miles west of NYC. There were a bunch of pistol ranges around, Greeley's; Lodi Gunsmith; Paterson Ron and Gun; the range in the basement of the bar in Garfield. I can remember my Dad going to the Police Station for a pistol purchase permit (it WAS still NJ after all), filling out the forms, having the form brought right into Chief Nee's office and the signed form back in Dad's hand in less than 5 minutes.

    In high school we had a Trap and Skeet Club, we used to bring our shotguns into school and keep them in our lockers on field days. My Dad was co-Captain of his high school's rifle Team, Xavier H.S. ( back when the Jesuits were still Jesuits) IN New York City, he used to tell us stories about riding the subway to school carrying his rifle (ok, that was in the '30s, but still, taking a rifle on a NYC subway and living to tell the tale!)

    As Boy Scouts we used to shoot up at the gravel pit, the Boy's Club camp always had riflery. Almost every boy I grew up with had a .22, and the rest had at least a BB gun.

    This was no rural area, we lived in the city between cities suffering from the decay of the early industrial age's mill towns, this was within 3 miles of Sam Colt's original Paterson factory. Funny, now that I think about it, as a city boy I sure got a heck of a lot of trigger time as a kid, thank god dear old Dad was really deep into the gun culture.
  6. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    No, not even close.

    When I was a kid you could order guns out of magazine ads. The guns were delivered to your door by the post office.
    If you were walking down the street with a rifle over your shoulder, if anything was said it would be something like, "Hey boy are you good with that rifle".

    I could go on and on.

    Today's anti-gun attitude is just a system of the downward direction the people and government have been going for some time.
  7. yeti

    yeti Well-Known Member

    I seem to remember the old Bannerman's ads you could order recoilless rifles and and cannons, probably crew served artillery pieces too.
  8. LHRGunslinger

    LHRGunslinger Well-Known Member

    If you're loosing your mind then you're not doin it alone. I could SWEAR I've seen this post before.
  9. Oyeboten

    Oyeboten Well-Known Member

    When my parents were young, anyone could walk into any Sporting Goods Store and order a Colt 'Monitor' or 'BAR' or Thomsons or anything else...anyone could buy old surplus Machine Guns and so on.

    'Silencers' were Mail Order or Sporting Goods Stores also, to your Door, no paperwork or BS...same as any other Arms or related.

    When I was growing up, Guns were never any big deal to anyone, never any associations in people's minds which were detracting...lots of kids Hunted and Target Shot, lots of ROTC in high schools...tons of WWI, WWII and Korean War Veterans all over the place, no jive or BS or hype till that 1968 Gun Control Act was passed anyway.
  10. Buck Snort

    Buck Snort Well-Known Member

    Up until 1964 you could order guns out of the Sears Roebuck catalogue.
  11. Mousegun

    Mousegun Well-Known Member

    The deterioration came on slow and it sort of hit us in the back of the head. Probably the biggest thing that brought guns to the forefront was the assassination of President Kennedy. That was the end of mail order and the beginning of a lot of the restrictions we have today.

    All the politicians wanted to be the first in their neighborhood to pass sweeping legislation that would prevent something like this from ever happening again.

    As we all know it did nothing for the criminals but it sure did drop a beatin' on the good guys.

    We are now trying to gain some of the ground back and in some cases we actually are making progress but man what an uphill battle it is.
  12. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    I do remember those anti-tank guns. I thought that would be cool but I couldn't afford the ammo.

    I did buy a 38 Webley pistol and Beretta .25 out of a magazine and I bought my first (new) GI 1911A1 from the government for $17.

    Isn't it interesting that back then when almost anyone could, and did, buy guns there was no such things as school shootings, etc.
  13. Sport45

    Sport45 Well-Known Member

    You mean this one? I think I saw the same one at TFL too.
  14. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver Well-Known Member

    Glad I wasn't really losing it, I knew I'd seen it before.
  15. 788Ham

    788Ham Well-Known Member

    I've seen this ad posted in another forum a week ago, never saw it before though. Growing up as a kid in Golden, my Pop always had guns around, we weren't allowed to even touch them unless he was around. This type of thinking is long gone today, I was fortunate, my Pop started my older brother and I in Junior NRA shooting at 8 years of age, we both did very well, and still shoot today. Miss those younger times, things were a lot simpler then......
  16. MikePGS

    MikePGS Well-Known Member

    That's crazy that someone used the exact same picture, Lol
  17. Captcurt

    Captcurt Well-Known Member

    Remembering the Good Old Days!

    I remember walking to school with my 22 and going hunting afterwards with my teacher. We're talking 6th grade and taking the gun "INTO" the school, sticking it in the corner in plain site. Now when some dufus sees a gun in public they have an absolute hemorrhage. The media today would have you believe that you are in danger of the gun going beserk and killing everyone in the building.

    Times are different now. We have let the criminals have too many rights and too little punishment. I say hang them in the streets.
  18. Charleo0192

    Charleo0192 Well-Known Member

    I dont think people are afraid of a gun...I think they are afraid when they are the ones not in control of the gun. there may be some fear coming from little understandings of how a gun works as well, I just think if you had the gun and knew how to work it you wouldn't be so against guns.
  19. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    I don't see the relationship of the advertisement to what you state in your post.

    Accidental discharge is a matter of definition. If you pull the trigger and the gun is loaded, the gun will fire. That is not accidental. However, the child pictured in the advertisement could easily fire the gun accidentally due to lack of education and maturity whether it be a pistol or revolver.
  20. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    People fear what they don't know or understand.
    I believe fewer people are being exposed to firearms and their use directly, and it's reflected in the attitude of people who are exposed to sensationalized headlines in the anti-gun media.
    This has been mentioned by others at this thread.

    We have all seen the results of the hysteria created by the anti-gun people.

    I know growing up that there were firearms in my family, but no recreational shooting ever occurred, they were tools used for pest control.


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