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