2. Gun Control in Dayton
John Dillinger – dubbed Public Enemy #1 – is best known for a Depression-era crime spree of bank robberies, jail breaks and alleged murders in the Midwest that transformed him from a petty criminal into an infamous gangster and folk legend. He broke out of a supposedly escape-proof jail in Crown Point, Indiana in 1934 armed with a carved wood gun, but a very real gun he used in a robbery in 1933 is part of the collection managed by Dayton History in Ohio. The historical value of the artifact and concern over being able to exhibit the gun in a secure manner are among the reasons it is rarely, if ever displayed. So for now the gun remains housed in a safe, climate-controlled archive center somewhere in Ohio.