Friday, October 31, 2008

BB Gun

I wonder if little kids still get BB guns? When I was a kid, the biggest day in a boy's life was the day he got his first BB gun. I can remember the day I got mine. It was a Daisy, and was styled after the model 94 Winchester 30-30. I got it when I was about 7. My dad used it to teach me responsibility and gun safety. My parents told me that if I used it responsibly, and if I were a good kid in other areas, when I turned 11, I would be allowed to buy a 22, which is a real rifle. I can remember what a motivation that was for me to stay on track. Also, I can remember that few things in life I cherished more than that 22 I had to wait 4 years for.


  1. My parents used the "you'll shoot your eye out" line until I was 12 years old, then I got my Red Rider. My 9 year old brother got one too. I guess he acted more responsible then me.
    I didn't get my first rifle until I was 20 years old.
    No one teaches kids gun safety any more. My kids were taught from the time they could hold a cap gun, and we spent many hours target practicing. They never got their own guns until they married, but they could use mine anytime after they turned 16.

  2. "No one teaches kids gun safety any more."

    Not true. If you get out the city/suburbs into the country you will see that almost all boys and many girls are taught gun safety.


  3. Maybe because I am older now, that the sight of a gun turns me right off.
    Seeing through adults eyes, the mysery it has brought us from World Wars (regardless of the outcome)to High School shootings, all the needless deaths on our own side and the enemy as well, and so on.
    Sorry to be such a stick in the mud but the gun in those days and the gun today have two different meanings...just my opinion.
    Great picture though !

  4. My buddies and I all had BB guns and no one ever had an unfortunate incident. I can also remember lunch breaks at school; we all had pellet cap pistols (as opposed to caps on a strip), we thought they were the coolest thing. The chamber was grey, the rest of the gun was black, so we dyed the chambers black, of course. We would spend lunch hour in the schoolyard playing mobster. It was great fun and none of us grew up to be thugs, etc. etc. Try bringing a cap gun on school property today and you'll end up in juvenile hall for the rest of your childhood. Boy, times have changed.

  5. "Maybe because I am older now, that the sight of a gun turns me right off."

    Well, I beg to differ. I am older, much older now and it does not turn me off in the least. I see an American right to keep and bear arms. I see rugged individualism that made this country great. I see the frontier spirit. I see a dreamer, dreaming of the Old West. I see America.


  6. At a local Civil War event there was a large contingent of Boy Scouts. They all bought cap guns and their leaders spent a lot of time discussing gun safety with them. After watching one of the battles, the boys organized their own patrols, marches, and battles. I believe that with proper education, guns are fine. I myself have never owned a gun but I have shot a .357 and a .22. My dad raised us to respect weapons and not use them for anything other than recreation. And we live in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

  7. "Guns are only as safe as the guy (or girl) holding them. They are tools that require your full attention every time you pick them up." That was my Dad's first statement to me when I got my first rifle, a german Dana .177 cal. pellit that had the power of a 22 for the first 50 yards or so. Later I received a bolt action single shot 22 from an uncle that I still have in my collection today.
    My daughters have no intrest in the collection but, thankfully, one of my sons-in law do. We even hunt with them and the pistols are available to protect my home should someone try to break in.
    The point of this dreary commentary is that a proper introduction to rifles and handguns will help insure a lifetime of pleasure and protection. Anything less will get a hole shot into the ceiling or a foot or worse.

  8. Even though we lived in a suburban city, I grew up in a house with guns, and no-one thought anything of it.

    My grandfather (who lived with us), was an avid hunter and there was a gun cabinet with rifles and ammunition in the hall right outside our bedroom door. My uncle (who also lived with us and who used to hunt, too), always kept a loaded pistol on his dresser.

    Now, this was during the 1950s, and my sister and I NEVER once thought about touching the guns. Our parents had told us to NEVER touch the guns anything else in that cabinet; and of course, we never did. My uncle kept his bedroom door closed and/or locked, and we were not allowed to go in there, so we didn't do THAT either.

    However, if anyone came into our house today and saw guns lying around, my parents would have been arrested.

    The whole problem with guns today is parenting, lacl of gun safety education, and criminals who are not adequately prosecuted.

    Actually, parenting (or lack thereof) is the main problem with everything in our society today, from crime, to drugs, to schools.

    The era of personal responsibility is fast disappearing from our society.

    What a shame.

  9. This is to all of those who feel that guns are the problem.

    Guns are not the problem. Removing the temptation to be dishonest is the wrong approach. If you have more than the bad guy you are a temptation. Should you be removed? Or should the things you have be equally distributed to those who have less so they have no temptation?

    The lives lost to firearms are only a drop in the bucket when compared to motor vehicles. Cars kill more each day than firearms do all year long.

    Both would improve with better education and acceptance of personal responsibility.

    All of my friends owned guns, we quite often went shooting together in the national forest surrounding Los Angeles. Not a one of my friends or myself have been shot nor have any of us shot anyone else. Yet I have lost several friends to motor vehicle accidents. Small data sample, yet still meaningful. I would venture to guess that most who read this have known people who died in a vehicle accident yet don't know anyone who was shot to death.

    So lay off of the stupid bigotry against firearms. Learn to hate the root cause of violent crime, the criminal. Not their parents or teachers or the society they grew up in, nor the tools they use to inflict harm on others.

    Now I will step down from the box...

    The picture brings back so many wonderful memories...

  10. BB guns are alive and well and being used by a large gang of stinky boys in my neighborhood.

  11. BB guns are alive and well and being used by a large gang of stinky boys in my neighborhood.

  12. "Guns are only as safe as the guy (or girl) holding them"

    thank you for saying that because thats pretty much the bottom line with guns depends on whether you wanna play "mobster" with your friends or spray paint it to look real and try to rob a convenience store.