I've gotten several from the members here, the last from the Arachnoid resident of the Big Apple about guns, laws, lawsuits in MD. But my answer to him fits most of my thoughts about guns, gun ownership, mass shootings, etc. right now. So, here goes...
Mary Land is just another state run by a minority of idiot hand wringers, who lord it over the populace!
I read a lot of that kind of stuff, and here's what amazes me more and more as I learn more and more. All of the writers talk about their family's firearms.
Most of those young men who lived in what was then the 'wilderness', could barely read if at all, and yet they managed to learn how, when and where to use firearms. They learned to build a fire without a Bic lighter, they could melt and re-melt lead to make bullets without killing or maiming themselves and others and without setting fire to the town, city, county or state. They learned to carry a pocketknife AND rifle to school so they could protect themselves AND hunt for dinner coming and going and the learned to skin that small game, without losing fingers, stabbing teachers or committing general mayhem with knife or gun.
In this book I'm reading now, he talks about his first battle being Shiloh. And he recounts that his Captain had to yell at him to get him to fire his rifle during his first skirmish, because he was looking for a distinct target in the haze of gunsmoke, but couldn't find one. The black powder they used then was NOT smokeless, so a minute into the battle, neither side could see their enemy's firing lines. He says he didn't want to 'waste' his shot because when he was growing up, lead was hard to come by.
He says he was taught to shoot squirrels in the head, so he that didn't waste the lead, powder or meat and fur, and that his friends were taught to shoot like that too! That's pretty damned good shooting considering the guns of the 1850's. It's a big WOW for me every time I read one of those kinds of stories, no matter how many times I read them.
But to wrap around to the present however, in a day and age where kids from the age of 3 or 4, have access to more knowledge at their finger tips than scholars had 25 or 30 years ago, we cannot teach those same skills. In fact, we have gun free / knife free zones AROUND schools where EVEN adults cannot carry a gun or knife! Places where even a picture of a gun is not allowed!
[with tongue firmly placed in cheek, he said...]
I wonder what changed about us, that we can't do what a 13 or 14 year old could do in 1860? Or why we can't draw a picture and not shoot or cut ourselves with that piece of art work? Are we that stupid or hapless?