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Everyday Education: A New Teacher's Thoughts On Her Father And Guns


March 26, 2018

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Amy McMinn and her father.

Most of my friends who ever came over to my dad's house probably shot his gun off his back porch and had a blast doing it (pun intended). I know my mom never liked having guns around our house, but I also know that it was an important element of my dad's past that he would never give up easily.

My dad grew up as one of 11 children in an old one-room schoolhouse near Fruitland in an area that we referred to as "McMinn Mountain" since there's some McMinn living in just about every other house. Although my dad and his family grew up with minimal material possessions, he always spoke of his c...

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