[QUOTE="Ron Hunter"]\nTraining, such as that offered by the military of the time. Given that \nboth powder and shot were hard to get, such practice wasn't common. Even \ntoday, non-combatants (that is clerks, etc.,) only go to the rifle range \nonce yearly.[/QUOTE]\n\nSo guns in the hands of such people might not be the best method for self \ndefence.\nI was talking to a friend yesterday who has an american family staying with \nhim at the\nmoment, the 9 yearold child has already asked him where his gun is\nWhen he said he didn;t have one my friend replied we don;t get many bears in\nour garden (south London catford).\nThe boys father doesnt; have one but it seems teh 9- yearold goes to a \nfriends house\nto 'play' with theirs..... I'm assuming the gun isn't loaded but the idea \nwould still\nfrighten me. Sure let them play with toy guns, I did, but a real one \n........I'm not\nso sure about.\nAlthough I know of some people that don;t like the idea of toy guns and kids\nbut I don;t have any great concern about how this affects a childs mind.\n\n\n[QUOTE]\nDon't believe everything you read in history books, yours, or ours.\nMost of it is lies, half-truths, and political expediency. You want \ntruth, read journals of those who were there.[/QUOTE]\n\nAll true, I assume you've heard of our polititions and their 'claims'\nfor expenses.\n\n[QUOTE]\nYes, the guns were an essential part of food-gathering for many people \nthen, and still are for some rural residents.[/QUOTE]\n\nWell that makes sense, but here in the UK less so.