Do you remember show-and-tell from your days in elementary school? My friends and I always looked forward to show-and-tell. You never knew what someone might bring in to show the class. In fact, some of the things brought in for show-and-tell in my school days would get today’s students suspended or jailed. With the politically-correct, wimpy environment that pervades public schools today, I wonder if they even have show-and-tell anymore. If so, it must be a lame event. The list of items banned from show-and-tell is probably longer than the list of items allowed.

Thinking back to the show-and-tell days of my elementary school years, I can remember students bringing in such items as shotguns, rifles, bayonets, and hunting knives. One kid whose dad had fought at the Battle of the Bulge brought in a German Luger. He was the envy of every boy in our class. Even the teacher was impressed. She used the Luger as an opportunity to present a lesson on the Battle of the Bulge. Our class loved it. Imagine guns and knives being brought to school for show-and-tell today. In today’s anti-gun, politically-correct environment bringing a German Luger to class would result in the school being locked down and the classroom surrounded by a SWAT team. Today’s school children are suspended for just pointing their finger like a pistol.

When I was a kid, guns were a common and normal part of our everyday lives. It was nothing to see a boy and his dad walking down the street carrying a shotgun or rifle; usually on the way to the woods to hunt or the local clay pit for target practice. Most pick-up trucks in our community had a gun rack over the seat and a shotgun or a rifle in the rack. It was not uncommon to see pick-ups parked at our elementary school with guns in the gun rack. Bring a gun—even a gun locked up in a car—to a school today and the principal will call out the National Guard. Our society no longer even attempts to distinguish between dangerous people and responsible gun owners. They are both lumped together and categorized as “bad guys.”

With guns so easily accessible back in the day, one might think my community was an unsafe and violent place. It wasn’t. In fact, just the opposite was true. My friends and I did not just learn to use guns we learned to use them safely and responsibly. If gun-related accidents occurred back then—not a common experience—they were blamed on the irresponsible use of guns, not the guns themselves. My friends and I never viewed guns as playthings. Using a gun—even for target practice—was serious business. Being careless with a gun was a major offense that would immediately rain the wrath of parents down on the head of hapless offenders.

The neighborhood I grew up in—the one with all the guns readily available—was safer by far than the most expensive gated community in America today. This fact suggests a critical point that gun-control liberals refuse to acknowledge: Guns do not cause violence, irresponsible people do. Consequently, you will not reduce gun violence by increasing gun-control laws. Liberals who suggest more gun-control laws as the solution to gun-related violence in America are playing a politically-motivated shell game with a naïve public that responds to emotion rather than logic. Gun-control liberals exploit the grief of parents who lose a child to gun violence, twist statistics to support their preconceived notions, and cover up or ignore facts that call their war on legal gun owners into question.

Reducing gun violence is a worthy goal. But if this goal is going to be achieved, people of good faith are going to have to turn their backs on gun-control liberals who have an agenda of their own—one that does not include reducing gun violence. The focus must change from guns themselves to irresponsible people and criminals who use them in inappropriate, violent, and illegal ways.