Rock May Kill

yOU WOULDN'T THINK that « big,

' normally well edited And apparently well Intentioned m a ga line would do it, but—it happened. A national "women V magazine devoted two pages of sensational layout and columns of sensational prose to this story:

A boy with homicidal tendencies killed hij sister and mother. Ho did it with a .22 rifle.

The conclusion offered by a supposedly sincere mag a line was—if there had been no gun, there wouîd have been no murder-

Without comment, GUNS offers the following story, submitted by a reader: "In the year 900 AD, Sir Cain returned to hii home after a trip through Scotland. Dismounting, he gave his hone irtto the custody of a servant and entered the castle, noting with displeasure that his wife was not there to greet him. He learned why when, in an upstairs'room, he found his wife in the arms of a neighboring baron. Enraged, ho snatched a battle axe down from its wall mount and stew the baron. He would have slain his wife too, but, weary as he was from hi J journey, she outran him.

"He if-id later that he had long suspected evil between hit wife and the baron and should have slain the varfct sooner except that this was the first time he had caught him In a place where an aie was handy. The slay in g( he felt, was the fault of the axe for having been available.

"The story, of course, has even earlier precedent. For example:

"A man—oddly enough, his name was Cain too—became enraged at his brother. The brother's name was Abtsl, Seing in the open at the time and with neither gun nor battle aie available, Cain picked up 4 roclc and slew A bat. Of course, had there been no rock available, Cain would never have thought of another weapon and the Bible would, ne ver have carried the moit famous fratricide story in history, "Sut ¡according to our reader) mankind learned from that lesson. They passed a law abolishing rods! Well, not abolishing all rocks, because some were too big to abolish and, anyway, some rocks were essential as weapons for legal purposes. But the lawmakers argued that if they abolished rocks (except those needed for the police and armed forces) they would abolish murder, and certainly this was a worthy cause even if the abolition of rocks was a violation of the citizens' rights under their Constitution which said, A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear rocks shall not be infringed.' With lawmaking logic, the lawmakers argued that this Constitutional phraseology didn't mean what It said, but meant rather that rocks should ba abolished except for policemen, soldiers, and such crooks as might steal them.

"The law abolishing rocks did not abolish murdei—it turned out that there were other things, such as sticks and pieces of metal and strong fingers and clenched fists and pottery vessels and poisons and bits of strangling vines, with which one man could kill another and woufd if the urge was on him; but it did provide a Sot of ;obs for a lot of political appointees. Friends end relatives of the lawmakers flocked from all directions to dr$w top wages for collecting and impounding these dangerous weapons. People who had killing to do and could think of no other weapon than a rock with which to do it offered high prices for rocks extracted from the police and military warehouses, and a great bootlegging industry was formed. Many people got filthy rich from it; and of course this leakage of rocks made rock collecting an endless and lucrative process.

"But it all ended in disaster with the invention of the automobile. Even the lawmakers admitted, finally, that there was no use abolishing one weapon when another so much more deadly (and so much more profitable to all concerned) was freely available to all and sundry.

"'And who the hell would try to abolish automobiles?' said the lawmakers. 'Why, man, you'd wreck bh the whole national economy!' " ufl

;i 11 ii. hand. »r shoulder muicîe» J m I, i nth it. nil possible looseness n[ [hi"«" parts -hiinhi tu- aittmpud.

The ricin shoulder il he allowed In drop -li^hlly tick ill the act <if drawing Cfi tjppoecd to c Fh- rtaggfjMtid forward Ml rust _i■ i l>ir;l1 L by sonic methods oí leaching. This it a point which jim tart ra-il;' prove for yiHlliaL H JO*! wih »Jowly draw a pin, n-ing the r'xagjieriiled forman! ilim-i ,,f lho -h,udder. yen wilt Find lhal lhr- weapon cannai lie leveled until il is well in front »1 i ho lindi- Drop pin;: lhr shoulder back in-lead, alIon1» the £UN to Ittt pniuled at iho target just as it clears I lie lid l-l 'T, an «-■■rmoiiiy ,>[ motion whieb ttdures slightly i tie overall time.

In iliis ciinnectíjfjn, the theory lias been advanced by this "shoulder thru si" school, prnkilik in iMcil-- ni nh.i1 is <d>vi»iisly DlV'witc an untenable position, lIijli I he rir-i; >|iur should he tí red a- -non as the gun clears the bokicr, whether lined up on the target or not. Tin- idea of this being I liai ,'von il Iluise first dieta i>nly pl»v, up I hp dirt between yuuütlí anil ynnr Opponent they will disconcert hint anil cause him to miik

This theory defeats the whole idea of f-t ,9raw mark-munship, which. when reduced lu ii> essentials, is -simply la placc your shot in a '¡tal s¡wt lief ore >011 are Lit by yptir opponent, Surely nolhin¡¡ coil 1.1 hr more disconcerting to; lhr iccuraey of an adversary til an a ,357 Mapnnm -tue applied Judicially in the regijn "I his twll hm-klc? It will heat Jdeldng dirt in his luce every time!

'Useiv ii- an old adage which -bullid kL hi'ld in mind at alt times a* yon -work on the fast : "S|>eeJ'- tine hut Btcirricy's fatal!" I ■ I■ ■ not know who first made -tateinent. but he *4le a Very Jflfií hambre. There is too much fancy gun being masi[uerad,Ld as ta-i gilti Mnk, If you i-anniil hit y»Ur tarfel on tin- first shol you Lad beat give up I he quest for r|H'i*it I null you cut— unless, iif course, you arc- njlerc<led only In dexterih and not concerned with self deti-n-e.

The body should remain motionless anil I he d ra w made midi rhe arm only. The rigid i|aw-|il(e fin;-ere and I he gunman's iroiieJi so often seen on movie and '([fou- arid detcrihed by Wc-lcrn writers, v. ïj i : i - bol h menacing and impressive, IR not pari id an efficient fa-t drab' lechnique. The crouch may, ¡is suUM ill« i si. "make you a split! target i* hut I his i- negative I h inking. The crouch s|i>w- your idiot arni ihefi--

fort I I kip* I'm in your main abjective

—which is to st,ip hipr before be can fl'iffre you a target.

There are three good reason» tor the upright stance r There is un »trained, unnaliiral position of I he body to hamper smooth movement of llie arm; your inlentions ire not ,|isflos«t by "telegraphiti|: >imr punch" aI hey wonbl hr1 by assuming a menacing etouch: ami. liter training your Icuuf In a -prcific task of going in-I inetively to I hi Ulllé pl.ici-, I he |iun will th- a I I hat place rather than having lo he punned and < Augb| in movamanl.

'the lourth poinl ii probehly tbf mosi im-¡¡.iiitjim. Tin- hand nui-; not pau-c in mi the uni.ntenl it il arts moving uriti! tile in.-! ant the jiun i- fired. Tlic Hinly mean- by which this i an thr aeOonlplished is that the hand nnw-rs in a circular motion, "-o» ip i n g" up I be volvtr en nui te,

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