Book Talk: "Gun Guys: A Road Trip" explores America's gun culture
By Randall Mikkelsen
BOSTON (Reuters) - Writer Dan Baum, a self-described Jewish liberal Democrat and a gun enthusiast since childhood, strapped a revolver to his side in 2009 and set off on an 18-month, 15,000 mileexploration of the U.S. firearms culture.
His book, "Gun Guys: A Road Trip," was released this month amid a gun-control debate rekindled by the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Baum, who lives in Boulder, Colorado, says it was a challenge to write for two polarized audiences: liberals and fiercely protective gun lovers.
He spoke to Reuters about America's gun culture, semi-automatic weapons and what he learned about himself from writing the book.
Q: Are you a gun guy, or were you acting?
A: I'm a gun guy, and I live in a world of anti-gun people. Being a liberal Democrat, my whole social world is among people who dislike guns and dislike gun people.
Q: What should gun-control advocates know about America's gun culture?
A: Guns are cool; they're fun; they're mechanically gorgeous; they last forever. Continued...