Those Were The Days
In the wake of the school shooting this week in Cold Spring, Minnesota this might not be the most appropriate time to relate this tidbit but I was having lunch with my parents the other day and we were discussing the "zero tolerance" policy that many schools now have in relation to weapons. It was sparked by the story of the kid in Maple Grove, Minnesota who was suspended and threatened with expulsion for having a toy gun in his car.
My Dad related that when he was in high school kids would bring shotguns to school and store them in their lockers so they could go hunting after school. Granted it was quite a while ago and it was in a small town in Wisconsin. But what a contrast with the hyper sensitivity of the schools today to a toy gun or even "ammo".
I just can't shake the image of a couple of kids sauntering down the hallways, shotguns in hand, when a teacher suddenly stops them:
"Yes, Mr. Simmons."
"What do you have there? "
"Why this is my Remington 870 Wingmaster pump action with a walnut stock."
"That's a beautiful gun you've got there Jimmy. Be sure to take good care of it. Carry on boys."