I shoplifted a toy gun when I was younger. Five years ago. No, actually, I was nine years old, which would make the year 1965. I had not made a young career out of stealing, and I knew it was wrong, yet, I didn’t have the seven dollars to buy this incredible object of my desire. It was a product of my favorite television show, The Wild Wild West—a simulated gold, tiny metal gun that popped out of its fitted belt buckle to fire caps. I hadn’t yet started mowing lawns during my summers in Norfolk, Virginia, so I had no cash, and I didn’t want to ask my mom for it, as I was certain she wouldn’t think it was worth the money. I walked from my house through the back of the neighborhood to King’s Department Store, went directly ...

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