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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.

The full version of this column is now only available in Doug Giles’ book, “Sandy Hook Massacre: When Seconds Count, The Police Are Minutes Away”.

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.