When I was a child I spent a lot of time out riding my bike and inventing games with my friends, just using our imagination. We really did only have about ten TV channels, and usually only got to watch cartoons on Saturday morning. Besides my parents and church, these cartoons helped me sort out the difference between good and evil. The slide show below will remind you of some of the shows I commonly watched. These days, I do tend to be overly nice. If you were to meet me in person, I smile a lot, and mostly say kind things – unless I feel very strongly about something. This comes from being a shy child, maybe it is a defense of some sort, but it is who I am. I do get more direct when I know a person well – but even then I lean toward nice. I have this personality despite watching these kinds of TV shows during my formative years and despite spending nearly 23 years in the military with constant talk of warfighting and being surrounded by a majority of gun loving people all my life. Watching these shows did not make me into a mass murderer, they are not even the reason I am a gun enthusiast now. I guess, I just thought guns were normal. I did not think that because Tom and Jerry occasionally shot at each other that I should handle my problems that way any more than watching Roadrunner and Coyote made me think that I should call the ACME company and order bombs, anvils, or dropping pianos to take care of my problems. It was just a cartoon and their crazy antics made me giggle. When it was over, my sister and I turned off the TV, went outside and tried to catch “bad guys” in one of our creative outdoor games.
Click through the photos below, did you watch these cartoons? Remind me of the ones I didn’t get in the comments below
What are the pros and cons between childhood in the 1960s and 1970s vs. now. How much do you think these old cartoons peppered with guns influenced who we are now? In a world where a child cannot even use his fingers or his breakfast toaster pastry as a pretend gun, what will this country be like in another 40 years?