August 1, 2000
[Times photo: Pam Royal]
A proud gun owner respects our right to bear arms. He also wants you to respect your gun. Story
Up to our necks in arms
From Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture, by Michael Bellesiles, to be published in September by Knopf. Bellesiles cites research suggesting Americans were largely indifferent to gun ownership until the Civil War. The decision to allow soldiers to keep their weapons after the war, he says, transformed the gun from a tool to a perceived necessity -- a difference in perception that drives the gun debate even today.
Consumer notes: Look too good to be true? It is
Editor's note: Today, the St. Petersburg Times introduces Consumer Notes, a column devoted to consumer issues in the Tampa Bay area. It will appear occasionally in Floridian.
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