In the Summer of 1918, the Great War was very much on everyone’s mind.
But one of the most memorable articles I found was in the July 1918 McCalls’ Magazine. A short story featured a division of 35 Florida Girl Scouts, who walked a ten-mile patrol each night along the St. John’s River – with rifles slung over their shoulders – on the hunt for German spies.
“They have been trained in marksmanship,” the article said, adding, “They are afraid of nothing and ready for anything.”
Last year, I read a book called, Unintended Consequences.
It was a fascinating, well-written book and rich with history, but its most memorable point was that a mere 100 years ago, Americans were comfortable with firearms, and in the early 1900s, most Americans grew up on farms, and we knew how to handle shotguns and rifles. (Contrast that with today’s nuttiness, where a student was suspended last week when he brought a bright yellow water gun to school.)
Can you imagine what would happen today if we armed 13 to 16-year-old girls with rifles, and asked them to patrol a stretch of coastline, prepared to shoot enemy combatants?
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