In hopes of providing some context and a small measure of perspective on the nation’s ongoing gun debate, we revisit a 1956 LIFE magazine article on gun safety in Indiana. See the work on LIFE.com here.
Caption from LIFE. “Wide-eyed fascination is displayed by boys as Rankin holds his revolver with the cylinder opened to show them there are no shells in it.”
(Grey Villet—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)