Daddyo wrote:Ol' Nick Charles was handy with a gun when he needed to be; but thatwasn't often with that fearless dog, Asta, to protect him.1941- The Maltese Falcon. Humphrey Bogart proudly declares that he doesn't like guns and doesn't have much use for one.
1944- The Thin Man Goes Home. In the climactic "unveiling of the murderer" scene, William Powell suggests that the police search everyone for weapons because "these things usually end up in a shootout". One of the women protests saying "These are nice people. Respected members of the community. Why would any of them have guns?" Of course, many of them do, including one dude with a flintlock.
Humans are primarily visual learners. Little comments and scenes like these over the years is, at least in part, where the idea that only "official" people should have guns comes from.
It doesn't surprise me today, but I was amazed at how far back the anti- sentiment went.
Same for Bogie. Just ask Major Stasser!
If you want to see hilarity with a gun, look up Bob Hope's My Favorite Brunette.