How the Left "Blew It" on Gun Control
Author Dan Baum says liberals should start listening to "Gun Guys" if they want to end the bloodshed.
—By Deanna Pan
Mon Mar. 11, 2013 3:00 AM PDT
Dan Baum is a self-professed "weirdo hybrid"—a card-carrying liberal from suburban New Jersey whose affinity for firearms places him firmly in the opposite camp. For his latest book, Gun Guys: A Road Trip, the former New Yorker scribe embarked on a 15,000-mile cross-country journey to figure out why millions of Americans—himself included—instinctively cling to their guns.
His timing was notable. For this past December, just as Baum's book was going to press, news began pouring out about a horrific incident at an elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Months later, Democrats and Republicans are clashing over gun-control at every level of government, and Baum worries that the voices of ordinary gun owners are being tuned out of the debate.
Over a dubious cell-phone connection—Baum was driving in the Montana boonies—the author took me inside the mind of a gun guy as we discussed the lure of the NRA, the left's screw-ups, the merits of the AR-15, and why the "guns don't kill people" refrain makes sense—at least to a gun guy.
"It's always reassuring to find you've made the right enemies." -- William J. Donovan