I obviously didn’t know your great grandfather but I am probably old enough that I did know quite a few people of his generation. My grandparents were born in the 1880s and 1890s.

Judging by the enjoyable story, I have a feeling your great-grandfather would have thought gun control was one of two things:

  1. A good idea because he thought it meant controlling where one’s gun was pointing;
  2. Much ado about nothing. People back then blamed the person, not the gun.

I know this for a fact. My maternal grandmother, who was born in the early 1890s, lived near enough to the University of Texas campus that she could hear the shots when Charles Whitman killed 17 people from the UT Tower in 1966.

She didn’t like guns and never owned one. However, it didn’t bother her that her sister and her husband owned guns or that her older brother would carry a Colt Revolver when he escorted her to social events in the early 20th Century.

We talked about the shooting and while she had a fair amount to say about Whitman, she never said anything about the guns or the need for any new gun laws. That’s because Whitman had broken any number of laws, the most serious of which was murder. She regarded the stabbing deaths of Whitman’s wife and mother to be just as bad, if not worse, than the murders of those he shot from the Tower.

We have to tread lightly when we put words in the mouths of those who can no longer speak for themselves. They might disagree with us.

Professional writer. Passionately interested in facts. Founder of onewordtexas.org

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