I also took a gun to school 50 years ago. In fact, most of the boys did as part of our costumes for our annual Oklahoma Heritage Day. Of course, they were all toy guns (we assumed), but today even those would not be allowed.
As with Scott Dalrymple, I put away my guns as toys of youth and don’t feel the need for one now. Unlike Mr. Dalrymple, though, I am not inclined to accept the decision of a few people as the best way forward regarding gun control for everyone.
I have come to believe that America is so diverse that a single gun-control or gun-rights regime cannot be made satisfactory to everyone. What is best for the rural areas is not necessarily best in the metropolitan areas and vice versa. My imperfect solution would be to amend the Second Amendment to allow each state, county and city greater leeway to define its own gun laws as best befits the people in that jurisdiction.
Charles Holliman, Alexandria