Funny - no ? Back in the days of Red Ryders in EVERY home and guns where all could get them if needed = there were no "mass shootings" in schools or malls :banghead: [ oh we didn't have malls,forgot ]. Children were raised with something that is missing now BIGTIME = manners,and the ability to LISTEN to an adult !. Considering the trade off,I say it was MUCH,MUCH better back then !. And yes,firing the R.R. with the lever not at full lock was a VERY good lesson that you learned FAST !.