Guns in the park
I recall last year when it was legal to carry in the park, a local tv newscast lead into the story by saying, "You'll soon be hearing the sound of gunfire in the Smokies ..." Today in the Knoxville News Sentinel editorial page, the cartoon showed a thug holding up a bank with a pistol and the caption read, "The last person in Tennessee without a carry permit." From most sources I read, it is generally stated that the sport of hunting and fishing is on the decline in America. When I was a boy my buddies and I lived in the woods in autumn. Spring and summer found us on the lakes in east TN as much as school and parents would let us. Look around you now. How many kids are doing that? Mention shooting back in the 60's and the first thing that popped into our mind was squirrel, rabbit, quail or dove? Mention shooting today and kids wonder which school? Folks, we live in a world far different from that which we grew up in.