Meet the gun owners who support (some) gun control

Meet the gun owners who support (some) gun control

George Cook had never thought much about guns until about four years ago. Then he grew older and got married, and felt like he had a lot more to protect. So he bought a handgun. And last year, at the height of social justice protests and scattered violence, he bought an AR-15. During the pandemic, first-time gun owners spurred record levels of gun sales for what looks like the second year in a row , with uncertainty, political polarization, and a spike in shootings around the country cited as reasons for the buying spree. Today, Mr. Cook goes a few times a year to the range to shoot his firearms. Aside from that, neither weapon ever leaves his house. He figures about half the houses on his street on the Richmond, Virginia, outskirts have guns in them. He cites suburban values as one reason he bought a gun. Why We Wrote This Forward movement on gun safety at the federal level seems unlikely, even amid a wave of mass violence. Yet as gun owners become more diverse, especially in the suburbs, there’s growing room for compromise. “It’s easy to measure how bad guns can be for sure,” says Mr. Cook, who works as a corporate treasury analyst. “You can look at all the deaths, the mass shootings. But it’s not easy to measure the bad that they prevented.” Those values are notable in another way: Like other suburban gun owners, Mr. Cook says he is open to at least […]

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