Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Times are a changin'

If this letter to The Corner about the 1966 UT massacre is true, it shows you how much the culture has changed over the years over the issue of guns:
After all the bizarre events of the last few minutes it didn’t seem strange to me when I peeked around the office doorway to see one professor shooting a deer rifle at the top of tower while the other fed him ammunition. It never entered my mind to question why an English professor would have his deer rifle in his office complete with boxes of ammunition. This was Texas after all. Guns were commonplace.

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Anonymous Papa Ken said...

I was in the service in Texas (El Paso) in late 54 and early 55. I saw nothing off post that would indicate a gun carrying social tradition. I doubt that the culture has changed that much except in one major respect. There were a lot of veterans among the population. Perhaps the English professor was one of them, and knew what to do. He could have gone home, to his car, but it would be unlikely he would use a high powered rifle for personal protection. A handgun or 22 would do the trick. I think we should stop selling guns to English majors.

6:28 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

If you believe we should stop selling guns to English majors, then you should enjoy reading this call for sensible restrictions on press freedoms.

6:53 AM  

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