It’s hard for people who don’t love guns to understand those who do. In some places—commonly referred to as “Blue States”—this gun gap is a hidden chasm. You can no more argue for unabridged Second Amendment rights than suggest that a flat tax is fairer than our current system of income redistribution. White man’s burden, yes. Great white hunter, no. For a long time, I was “in the closet” re: my fondness for things with triggers that go bang. When I started this site, I had to tell my parents that I was a gun guy. This revelation did not please my mother. She’s as staunchly anti-gun as she is pro-Obama. (Yes, really.) Only now, not so much. Oh she still thinks Barack is the bee’s knees, but age has diminished her stridency on gun control. These days, Mom asks about my “gun thing” without looking at me as if I have pin lice on my eyebrows. For that, I am thankful. You?