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*Starred Review* You don’t hear about a lot of preteen gun nuts, but Baum was one of them, discovering when he was five years old that he was a crack shot. He’s always known why he loved guns (natural skill in using them and their beauty and efficiency as mechanical devices), but as an adult, he began to wonder why other people loved them. So he decided to do something he’d never done: join the gun culture, meet its people, and find out what made them tick. Along the way, he encounters a 24-year-old young man who lives with his mother and became interested in real guns by playing with simulated guns in video games; a gunmaker who’s upset to the point of distraction about the passing of President Obama’s health-care bill; a Hollywood armorer; and an expert in the history and manufacture of machine guns. He also deals with the murder of a friend, a victim of exactly the sort of gun violence that sparks the politically polarizing debate that Baum has been witnessing nearly everywhere he goes. Baum is careful not to take a political stance; he’s reporting the story, and he’s also, as a gun enthusiast, a part of it, but he’s not writing an apologia. If you come into the book convinced of the need for tighter gun control, you’ll probably leave the same way, although you will leave with a deeper understanding of the many reasons, political and personal, why people love their weaponry. --David Pitt
The most intriguing of a new crop of books about America and guns. —Jeff SharletSee all Editorial Reviews
Mr Baum creates balanced point of view by living among lots of different gun groups. Mr. Baum clearly expresses the political stalemate based in half truths and bad studies used... Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Lilly
I wish I could leave a zero star review. The author is a pretentious statist, firmly ensconced in his own luxury. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked the exploration the author went through to try and understand the gun culture in its various forms. Read morePublished 7 months ago by C. Kalinski
A look at America's gun culture from the perspective of a liberal gun guy...yes, they actually do exist and I happen to be one of them. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Douglas Cramer
"Those Other People - How They Live, What They Do, How They Think" - that's kind of how the book reads to a lot of gun owners. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Charles B. Jessee
A liberal guy writes about his love for guns. I really enjoyed this center-of-the-road point of view. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mikey Boy
This is a really interesting read for those who would like a little discussion on guns without too much hype.Published 9 months ago by Jesse Lee Collins
A good read. Being written from a liberal perspective, I did not have high expectations it would be objective. Overall I found it pretty enjoyable, entertaining, and informative.Published 10 months ago by Justin Frodsham
Excellent book explaining the fascination with Guns. Non judgemental. Worthwhile read.Published 12 months ago by Wiede