In light of the recent mass shooting in Oregon, tighter gun control laws are being discussed. We may well have reached the point in our society where this becomes necessary.
While attending eighth grade in 1956, I carried my rifle to school every Friday, as did all members of the rifle club. These guns were placed in the school office until classes were dismissed. A teacher then took us to the local armory, where we were trained in gun safety and practiced marksmanship.
There were zero problems with this activity, which took place seven miles from downtown Portland, not somewhere in the boonies.
It could not be more evident that the problem today is not guns, but people.
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