The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 8, 2013

Your View: Times have changed

By Don Adams
Special to The Globe

NEVADA, Mo. — My, the changes. My granddad told me that in the early 1900s he carried a loaded rifle to school to hunt rabbits on the way home for food.

Standing in the corner of the one-room school were several guns belonging to granddad and other boys. This one-room held first-graders through seniors.

In the 1930s, Granddad said, they had no lock on their doors. In the 1950s they placed a little hook on the inside of the wooden screen door, as much to keep the door closed as to keep out the bad guys.

Now we have alarms, steel bars, deadbolt locks, cameras and all sorts of means to protect our family and property. Most of us have at least one firearm in our possession for protection also. Years back, we used to pump gasoline into our car and then go inside to pay for it. Now most places require payment up front before pumping. You pay someone behind a locked, bulletproof door.

Protecting our property and family has become priority No. 1. The best way to protect ourselves from the illegal gun and its user is to have a legal gun in hand.

Don Adams

Nevada