Paulson tells the entire story in a voice that is markedly calm and matter of fact. His aim is not to vilify guns and gun ownership but to show why it is important for people to handle guns properly. Throughout the story Paulson states facts, not opinions, because in the end, it is the facts that matter anyway.
I appreciated reading “The Rifle,” because of its unique writing style, its information about early gun making, and its important message about what can happen when guns are not handled in a responsible manner.
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