Texas state Rep. Wayne Christian was born two blocks from where he now lives in what is called Deep East Texas.
"We were not wealthy people, [we were] common laborers, but that was typical in rural East Texas at that time," he says.
When he was growing up, Christian says, by first or second grade, an East Texas boy would accompany his father or grandfather on a hunting trip. But before a boy got a gun, he had to learn how to act — how to address the other men respectfully, to watch how it worked.
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The deadly movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado has become a key issue in at least two tight congressional races in that battleground state. Since the attacks, two Democratic candidates - running in districts in and around Aurora - have called for stricter gun laws. But Republicans have accused them of trying to politicize the tragedy.
Today is the official move-in day in the dorms at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and amid the buzz and energy typical for the campus this time of year, some students might notice one significant change.
In an effort to keep guns off campus, the University of Colorado in Boulder has enacted a policy that prohibits students from having guns in the dorms, even if the student has a conceal to carry permit.