Gun Control … Even BB Guns? – Really?

SandyHookBookBy S.C. Sherman
Clash Daily Guest Contributor

One of the most famous and iconic pieces of American movie masterpieces is the 1983 comedy A Christmas Story. Especially known for one of the most memorable quotes ever, when the main character asks Santa for a Red Ryder Carbine for Christmas. Santa responds, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” The movie taps into one of the fondest memories of many a young American – to actually be trusted with the awesome power of a BB gun as a Christmas gift. And not just any BB gun, a Red Ryder lever action carbine. Oh yeah, what’s better than that?

I recently found myself strolling the aisles of the evil retailer known as Wal-Mart. I stopped and stared at an entire end cap full of The Original Red Ryder BB guns. Images of my youth flashed through my head and my pulse quickened. I knew this was the perfect gift for my boys, ages 11 and 7. I noticed they’d even added a version with a pink stock for the girls! Anyway, my youngest daughter is too young.

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About the author: S.C. Sherman

S.C. Sherman grew up a farm kid in rural Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Communications Studies. Steve is a business owner, and recently ran for Iowa State House of Representatives.. S.C. enjoys political commentary and great stories. He has written three fiction novels found at He currently lives with his wife and four children in North Liberty, Iowa.

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  • Benjamin

    Did I say I hate the Left?

  • slickzip

    I say screw people who don’t like the Red Ryder BB gun it’s part of AMERICA ,,,,,,,

    • Bandit

      If the left has their way even the knives you have in your kitchen will be gone, they pushed that law in Britain and now the left is thinking that would be good here as well. Don’t let them take our guns or our knives.

  • RacerJim

    The AC Gilbert Erector Set and Chemistry Set were also part of AMERICA…
    …gone thanks in large part to the left.
    Communist bastards…the left.

    • JoeTexan

      I used to have a Gilbert telescope and a Gilbert Chemistry set. I always wanted an Erector set, but never got one. :(

      • RacerJim

        I was fortunate to have had, and enjoyed, all three. Also had a Lionel “O” guage train set and a ping-pong ball pump shotgun. The left would probably ban the latter today.

    • jeepdude911

      In other words anything that makes memories of growing up really good is now to be shamed. How many of us used to ride in the bed of a pickup truck? That’s gone too.

      • $10290762

        Lots of things we did like riding our bikes behind the DD -smog truck is labeled as stupid,,we all did it as kids in the 50’s and grew up to get our masters and doctorates or good jobs when good jobs were still in our land!!..used to love sitting in the back of the old Willys pick-up jeep in my teens,,..too much over protection for what? too many friggin’ stupid laws but no justice….this is a conservative site and I’m neither conservative nor liberal..just a regular person who’s sick of what’s going on..thankfully I’m well old enough to have had those great memories!!

    • James McEnanly
      • RacerJim

        Thank goodness. However, it would be interesting to compare the percentage of my generation (born 1943) who had a Chemisty Set and/or Erector Set vs subsequent generations. I’d bet the percentage gets significantly less with every subsequent generation.

  • eguyton

    You have to have a weapons permit in NJ to buy a BB gun. A BB Pistol requires a handgun permint. Yes, the world has changed.

    • jb80538

      The world has changed and not for the better.

    • robocop33

      Really? If you are serious then this world is more screwed up than I thought!

  • robocop33

    My older brother had a BB gun and so did I. It taught me gun safety for when I graduated to the .22 single shot I had. This served me well in both my military career and my career as a Law Enforcement Officer. I even collected old firearms concentrating on those manufactured earlier than the 1950’s for the military as they had such great history. Now, as far as the Government is concerned I have sold ALL my firearms so I have nothing left for them to confiscate. Naturally they were all cash transactions so I have no records to show anyone, they will just have to take my word for it.

  • GDC

    Those are ASSAULT BB guns!!!

    • 2War Abn Vet

      You’re right. They hold vast numbers of deadly BBs.

  • Brian Carpenter

    Try to buy a recurve bow on Amazon. It can’t be shipped to certain zip codes including DC and MA. Yes, folks, BOW CONTROL!

    • Bandit

      There’s one way around that mail order problem go and get one from the bow shop and carry it home.

      • $10290762

        In NJ and for good reason you can only hunt w/ a shot gun….you can buy rifles but not for hunting use in NJ..bows or even crossbows are not a problem!..Actually bow hunting for deer is promoted! I don’t hunt but used to love target range shooting..rifle or bow!

    • Berzrkr50

      Not surprised. The best you can get in Cal. where knives are concerned is an assisted opening. Have you seen how fast a Smith and Wesson S.W.A.T assisted opening knife is? Zowie!

  • gatorfanr1

    seems to me you let the actions of others get to you. Two things,My boys never had a bb gun,at the age of 10 and showing good sense I bought them 20ga youth shotguns. 1 st their mother would not let them go out with them like she would have with a toy, 2nd when they shoot at a can with a shotgun the usually hit making them more confident. I taught my sons to only kill to protect themselves or to eat. A sparrow does not fit that criteria,we went on many rabbit hunts and eventually they got good enough to go dove and quail hunting.

  • JoeTexan

    I got my youngest daughter a Daisy Red Ryder a couple of years ago, when she was 8, because she asked for one. I’m so proud! Too bad we can’t shoot it in our back yard, despite the fact that the back of our property is a tree-covered hill. We live in the city limits and kids can’t shoot BB guns or bows. I hope to rectify that and move out of town within a few years.

    • $10290762

      Interestingly you can in Florida and I believe several cities out in Cal…Fla. for sure I visited a friend 4 years back and we had target practice in his back yard….just keep the gun level not up!

      • Berzrkr50

        I agree. Although I live in L.A. I regularly plink with a pellet rifle in my backyard. My neighbors don’t care because they know I use a good backstop and am responsible. Did I say I like my neighbors??? :)

  • jon

    yes it has all changed, and it is now a commie state that watches everything you do. i have a piece of mistletoe on my coattail for them,and i hope they all live to be one hundred and have a bowel movement every 15 seconds !!!

  • Light_V_Dark


    **Note; Didn’t Chuckles’-Girls KILL THE PIGS, WITH KNIVES¿?



    According to (M. Scott) Peck, most of us view a situation in light of how we are affected by it and only as an afterthought do we stop to consider how it might affect others involved;  we do eventually consider the viewpoint of the other.

    Not so those who are evil. Theirs is a brand of narcissism so total that they seem to lack this capacity for  empathy…. We can see then, that their narcissism makes the evil dangerous not only because it motivates them to scapegoat others, but  also because it deprives them of the restraint that results from empathy and  respect for others….The evil need victims to sacrifice to their narcissism, their narcissism permits them to ignore the humanity of their victims as well. ..The blindness of the narcissist  to others can extend beyond a lack of empathy; narcissists  may not “see” others at all. 
    Note; Nobody in history better personifies Liberal-AmeriKan-EVIL, than Chuckles Manson.

    We can’t even euthanize this RABID DOG OF A HUMAN BEING.

    • Light_V_Dark

      George H.W. Bush has been sick, recently»»»THE WICKED AMONG US are dancin and a chantin, with war paint, loin cloths and bones in their noses, trying to speed up his demise{FREEDOM OF SPEECH, LIBERTARIANS¿?}.

      THEN, when this GOOD MAN DOES DIE, there will be dancing in the streets, passing out candy, and ORGIES, THAT WILL LAST FOR MONTHS.

  • James Maxwell

    If you read the way the Feinstein communist bill is written the government can confiscate and an all firearms. Remember the terms and definitions are very broad and encompass every thing from BB guns all the way up with no end in sight. It applies to any thing that
    could possible be used in defense of yourself and your family against an intruder. Currently the government fears the people, but what they want is for us to fear them so
    the can more easily control us. That also applies to our ammunition with every thing from
    .17 caliber all the way up the ladder. After all if it can be used by the military then it
    scars the hell out of Washington elitist.

    • Joseph C Moore USN Ret

      BB’s are 17 caliber.

      • James Maxwell

        Your are correct on the caliber but under the Fed BS BB’s and .17 cal pellets or .17 ammunition are classified differently. But you Ret USN already know
        the BS of those in office.

        • Bandit

          Jerky Brown has re classified BB and pellet guns as firearms able to fire the >17 cal rim fire ammo. I would like to know how a closed pellet gun can fire that case size.

          • James Maxwell

            While I was in the AF I saw an example of weapons that were being
            used by gangs in NY, Chicago, New Orleans and other major cities.
            they would take a antenna and after a little work they could make it
            capable of firing 22 rounds. The even demonstrated how it worked
            and actuall fired. I could not believe what I saw and would not
            use one except in extreme emergency. Range wasn’t squat but
            at 0 to 10 feet it was deadly.

          • 1_Eddie_1

            Yeah, it’s called a zip gun. Do you remember the old cap guns? You could line the cap guns barrel with a car antenna, heat treat the hammer spring, and have a fancy zip gun.

          • guest

            The ethnic 7/11 owners often keep slam guns under the counter, a piece of pipe with a bore that accomodates a 12 guage round, that slides into a larger pipe, threaded end-cap with inner cardboard, foam or tar-paper disk and cut-off nail or tack as a firing pin. Kurt Saxon called them “4 winds shotguns” (used by locals to defeat the Japanese in the the Phillippines) in that the parts could be thrown different directions, no proof of the weapon.

    • Berzrkr50

      Then we need to give them reason to be afraid: RESIST GUN CONTROL!

  • Average Joe

    Those that sniff and wang about BB guns you can always just say F__- U Its an American tradishion

  • Rustic Woodcrafter

    Gatorfan1 — I really appreciate your comment. In our family, you kill it, you eat it. Yes, there are exceptions: porky pines eating the house, rats and mice. I guess it goes back to my experience in exactly the same situation: I shot a robin. It died slowly. That experience still flashes along with killing over 90 racoons in a single night at our hotel after the Health Department told us to “get rid of them or close” … Head shots only. Bottom line: living things are not targets. Practice, get good, gather food.

  • 2War Abn Vet

    When Steve grew up he wasn’t living in the Marxist/Socialist Republic we enjoy today.

  • Joseph C Moore USN Ret

    Yes, it will be even BB guns like in not so merry old England.

  • Mr Richard Allan David

    History repeats itself. Every fascist society has disarmed the people first.

  • Pakinpastor

    It seems as if there are not enough of us real Americans to get these limp wristed, panty waisted, socialist commie idiots out of our government. I still say to hell with them and their insane laws. Where are we heading? CHAOS, and I guarantee it’s coming, and I sure don’t want to be disarmed when it hits. Look at what happened in LA when Rodney King was beaten by those cops. Hell took over for a few days, and I am glad I wan not there. It was bad enough watching the chaos on TV, and to think this could happen just about anywhere. What is wrong with our people?

    • $10290762

      I resemble that remark..I’m Socialist Democratic!..and yet loved all the things others here loved growing up..I’ve heard conservatives as well as liberals yelling for more safety in everything,,so its a people thing more than a political thing!

  • Larry

    Do not kill things as a lark. For food or survival is one thing. As a lark or for the pleasure is totally different. It’s a totally different mindset.

    • greyghost69

      I have a great recipe for larks!

  • jim

    You are SO dead on to buy them BB guns! The Leftist Liberal Obamanites can go die and burn in Socialist Hell. Raise your boys to Believe in John Wayne and Ronald Reagans America and to “cling bitterly to their Guns and Bibles” and to be Damned proud to do it!

    • Bandit

      And what ever you do don’t forget Roy Rogers and Dale Evens. to all time greats.
      I grew up watching Roy Rogers and had a good time doing it he always taught that the good guys always won, now it looks like the bad guys are winning now.

      • RacerJim

        And don’t you ever forget the Lone Ranger, Hop-A-Long Cassidy, Buck Rogers, and Tarzan of the Jungle!!!!

  • PWe72

    I don’t know about you folks but in my area you’d best NOT shoot a BB gun inside the city limits! That restriction also applies to archery equipment, blowguns and slingshots. I can’t even have my pocketknife with me if I should visit the local courthouse. What a crummy life and I don’t foresee any improvement under the current social attitude and political administration. Expelling kids from school for sketching a weapon or pointing a finger….the epitomy of ridiculousness and stupidity.

  • 1_Eddie_1

    You should’ve told the cashier “damned right they’re vicious, I wait for loose dogs to leave deposits on my lawn, and shoot them. I’m training my children to do the same. Why just last week I buried my neighbors dog.” and smile with a big cheese eating grin and leave with your purchase.

  • Bulldog74

    When I was growing up it seemed it was every boy’s dream to have a Red Ryder BB gun…and short of that, we were generally busy re-enacting World War II with our little green army men, playing James Bond, etc.
    According to the liberals, we all should have grown up to be psycho killers….

  • guest

    Guns are a necessary evil, to protect ourselves from other vicious humans and sometimes animals. Why is shooting a sparrow something to be celebrated? Hopefully you’ll outgrow the joy of killing senselessly, (shame for passing it on.)

  • Fisherman_Rocco

    I just bought a 22 cal Benjamin high powered air rifle for myself for Christmas. It was bought at Wally World on sale for Christmas. Shooting it brought back my days of walking to the woods on weekends to hunt for Squirrels and Rabbits. Its cheap to shoot and I had a blast. I also bought during the month at various ranges and big box store’s ~ 2500 hundred rounds of 22LR, 500 rounds of 9MM, 250 rounds of 35 Remington, and 150 rounds of 12 gauge. Adding about 10% to my total ammo count. “Fundamentally Changing” the amount of room I have in the gun safe. 200 acres of land in South Georgia and my newly bought 27 foot motor home, I’ll be off to the woods to live out the rest of my life in peace. You wanted “Change” America, Now you have it. “bugging out” is not just a catchy slogan. I learned how to prepare while Captaining Commercial Fishing boats in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Buy what you need before you find that you “Left it on the Beach”. There are no 7-11’s offshore…

    Gun control is hitting your target.

  • reggiec

    Second Amendment meaning, I sent this to my congress people. Feel free to cut and paste it to yours. Here are a few quotes:
    ***”The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference. They deserve a place of honor with all that is good. When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour.” – George Washington in address to the 2nd session of the United States Congress.
    ***“Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.” (George Washington)
    ***”The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and when the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.” Henry St. George Tucker, in Blackstone’s 1768 “Commentaries on the Laws of England.”, Judge of the Virginia Supreme Court & U.S. Dist. Court of Virginia

    ***”Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” – Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria
    Those who argue that the Second Amendment was written just for militias are completely blown out of the water by the following quote from Thomas Jefferson.
    “The strongest reason for “people” (My emphasis) to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” – Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334 (C. J. Boyd, Ed., 1950)
    James Madison is credited with the writing of the “Bill of Rights” and was pretty clear about the meaning on the Second Amendment.
    “The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the “people” (My emphasis) with arms.”
    Here are a few others who help define the true meaning of the Second Amendment. It becomes very clear upon the examination of the meanings attached to the Second Amendment by our Founding Fathers that the original intent of the Second Amendment is being attacked in order to eventually disarm the American people.
    ***”I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.”
    George Mason, in Debates in Virginia Convention on Ratification of the Constitution, Elliot, Vol. 3, June 16, 1788
    ***”Whereas civil-rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as military forces, which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”
    — Tench Coxe, in Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution
    ***”The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
    — Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-188
    ***”That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms … ”
    — Samuel Adams, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at 86-87 (Pierce & Hale, eds., Boston, 1850)
    ***”Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.”
    –Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787).
    ***”No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
    — Thomas Jefferson, Proposal Virginia Constitution, 1 T. Jefferson Papers, 334,[C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950]
    ***” … to disarm the people – that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
    — George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 380
    ***”The right [to bear arms] is general. It may be supposed from the phraseology of this provision that the right to keep and bear arms was only guaranteed to the militia; but this would be an interpretation not warranted by the intent. The militia, as has been explained elsewhere, consists of those persons who, under the laws, are liable to the performance of military duty, and are officered and enrolled for service when called upon…. [I]f the right were limited to those enrolled, the purpose of the guarantee might be defeated altogether by the action or the neglect to act of the government it was meant to hold in check. The meaning of the provision undoubtedly is, that the people, from whom the militia must be taken, shall have the right to keep and bear arms, and they need no permission or regulation of law for the purpose. But this enables the government to have a well-regulated militia; for to bear arms implies something more than mere keeping; it implies the learning to handle and use them in a way that makes those who keep them ready for their efficient use; in other words, it implies the right to meet for voluntary discipline in arms, observing in so doing the laws of public order.”
    — Thomas M. Cooley, General Principles of Constitutional Law, Third Edition [1898]
    Then there are politicians who insist in taking our Constitution out of context of time and original meaning. James Madison warned us against this.
    “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”
    Second Amendment:
    “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
    Definition of To keep: to hold or retain in one’s possession ; hold as one’s own.
    Definition of To bear:: to carry, transmit, transport, have a characteristic of and exhibit.
    Definition of INFRINGE: to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another.
    Why is this so hard to understand? The meaning of the words in the Second Amendment have not changed since the amendment was ratified.

  • hdeddie59

    I was having dinner the other night with a couple a few years older than myself and my wife and we were talking about how many freedoms and liberties we have lost since our days of youth and how many more are about to be lost if we don’t fight back and stop this insanity that the liberal left has brought upon us!!! We also noted how today’s youth have no idea what they have been robbed of and let the liberals take away and just shrug their shoulders and don’t resist or fight back!! None of them realize that they have inalienable rights that the Constitution guarantees them and that elected officials do not have the right to take them or infringe upon them and that they work for the American People and are are bound to represent our will, not their’s or their parties or especially that socialist traitor’s illegally occupying the office he disgraces!!! We were spanked, it taught us a sense of consequence if we did not follow the rules or obeyed our parents, had BB guns that taught us a sense of responsibility that comes with handling and possessing something that can do bodily harm and the consequences that come if you do not, I had my first shotgun at 8 years old because I had proved myself responsible enough to have one with the BB gun, and rode a bicycle without a helmet, also taught us what happens if you take risk and the injury that comes if you go too far, and rode in the back of vehicles with all of the safety restraints of today. We grew up around firearms and knew from a very early age that they were dangerous if not handled with respect and that they will cost you or someone else their life if not. Think back to high school how many of us and our friends had a gun rack in our vehicles we drove to school with a rifle and or a shotgun in them in case we ran across a situation that we could hunt food, or assist someone in need but would never think about taking it into school or using it violently against anyone else unless threatened with deadly force and even then that was an absolute last option after every other solution was tried, fisticuffs usually resolved the vast majority of differences. We all turned out fine, and that is what gave us morals, integrity, and a sense of honor that for the most part no longer exist in the younger generations today because they were not spanked, taught not to fight and thus have no sense of consequence and have gotten away with almost anything and never held accountable for their actions!!! We ended the conversation with at least we don’t have a very long time left in this society and are glad that we will not have to endure watching all we hold dear and scared slip away and have to live in the society we are headed for unless they wake up and see what they are losing………

  • Assault Richard

    I’m giving a good friend’s daughter an old Mossberg bolt action 410 shotgun of mine. It’s a good piece and perfect for her.

  • Berzrkr50

    Thanks for the great story. It kinda reminds me of my childhood although we were too poor for my folks to think about toys like that. Nevertheless, I always got the chance to use my buddies BB gun whenever we went out to terrorize the neighborhood fields. It just goes to show, shooting is one of the things that make America what it is (and I mean that in a positive light).

  • jimpeel

    I taught my kids to never shoot anything that you are not willing to eat. Shooting sparrows is simply gratuitous. I’m not an animal rights freak or anything like that, I just don’t see killing something which is not a nuisance, like crows or pigeons, as a triumph.

    Take the kid out and have him kill a few pigeons — which are edible by the way — and that would be a good thing for him to do. Pigeons are filthy and aren’t called “flying rats” for nothing. “Pigeon” in french means “Dove” by the way.

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