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Jon Meacham, Gun Owner, On Necessity Of Restoring Assault Weapons Ban

First Posted: 01/15/11 05:01 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham:

First, some personal history. I am a southerner who grew up with and around guns. I own some still. My father gave me a .22 rifle when I was 9 and a single barrel .410 shotgun when I was 10. I have inherited many of my family's guns, including a rifle made by my great, great, great grandfather, which I will preserve and give to my son. One of the central memories of my childhood is of hunting -- not well; I am a terrible shot -- quail and dove and grouse on a farm on the Tennessee River.

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