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  • Guest Opinion: Guns Have Changed Everything, Especially Childhood

    LAURA PRITCHETT, Writers on the Range|May 17, 2023

    I learned to shoot on the family ranch, as ranch kids are wont to do. My gun education was furthered at a Catholic summer camp, and I still have my paper target proving my marksmanship. It was hunter safety classes, and calm, clear-eyed common sense; this was the rural approach to guns I grew up with. Then it’s a story we all know: Guns became politicized. Polarized. Lobby-ized. Humans are good at inventing things, so guns got more militarized as they turned into weapons of mass destruction. Our laws, sadly, didn’t keep up, because humans can...