we used to have a similar cultural idea- a boy, his dog, and his .22. "Ride Tall, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth."
Speaking of Mr. to ride, shoot straight and speak the truth, I'll mention that Sturm Ruger has recently created yet another vision/version of Colonel Cooper's ideal scout rifle. Even though I have no doubt that this tidbit is already well known about The Hall, I'll supply this little link to the Gunsite Scout rifle. I think I'd like one, but I'm fairly certain that I've worn out the look what followed me home line/excuse...
Dueling Lutes wouldn't have made it to the pop charts, though...
Yes, "used to." It is a idea now practiced by a few. The cultural landscape of the US is dominated by "progressive" feminized ideas. It starts in pre school. All the crap is stacked deep and spread wide- - kids are kicked out of school for a toy gun. Everybody is a winner. Kids are kicked out of school because they had the temerity to hit a bully back. (adult version-don't resist, give the robber what he wants. Your money> Your body? Your life?) Our western cultural heritage has been under direct attack since the mid 1960's. In the new order, self reliance is a sin, because it has the potential to take power away from the State. (reducing the power of the State is the ultimate sin) Having a submissive, compliant population is the goal, and it is working very well. The unexpected consequences of this will be a real sphincter squeezer .
You're probably right to say that it's generally less acceptable for a boy to walk around with a .22 now than when I was growing up; even in rural Georgia, that may be true. For that matter, it's less acceptable for a boy to walk around alone than it used to be.When I was a boy, we once had a burglary in the county only a couple or three miles from our house. It was stopped by two boys who were out wandering with their .22s, who shot and injured the burglars and then called the sheriff when the wounded miscreants fled the scene. The bad guys were picked up later at the hospital, and shown the hospitality of the jail instead; I'm not sure what happened to the boys, but I wouldn't be surprised if cake and ice cream were involved.
The kids next door ,13 and 16, do not even have a pocket knife. That's something else that will get them kicked out of school. This is in a semi rural area. (been largely taken over by the city Democrats.)The problem is, since they have never known a life without constant nanny state meddling in their behavior, they have no idea what they are missing. Richard Fernandez had an excellent post on this sort of thing over at the "Belmont Club". I can't remember the title off hand, was not too long ago.
"Richard Fernandez had an excellent post on this sort of thing over at the "Belmont Club". I can't remember the title off hand, was not too long ago."Richard recently, a week or two ago wrote... Ah here it is, a piece on The perils of childhood.
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