Gun Rights and Gun Control: Nihil sub sole novum

Gun Culture 2.0

That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Reading year after year of The American Rifleman, this well-known passage from the Tanakh ring ever so true.

Two examples below are similar to others I have found, from 1929 and from the 1940s and 1950s.

50+ years ago, an August 1961 editorial reacts to legislative threats to “one of the basic individual liberties of the American way of life” – “the right of reputable citizens to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes.” It encourages laws that regulate persons not firearms. It maintains that laws will not prevent criminal from getting guns.

It argues that gun accidents will not be prevented by laws; to the contrary, gun safety education is essential to reducing such accidents and the National Rifle Association is…

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