“For some time I have been a supporter of the Second Amendment — intellectually. I agreed with the Founders’ rationale for the right to bear arms. I even joined the NRA.
“But I never bought a gun.
“Although I know the basics of how to shoot, I didn’t want a pistol around the house. I didn’t think I needed it. I thought it too risky to own a weapon unless I practiced with it regularly and I didn’t want to make time in my schedule for that. Real physical exercise was more important at my age. Also, I’m not a particularly fearful type who keeps a claw hammer secreted under the bed. Beyond that, I didn’t want to awaken my mother — a devoted gun-control advocate — from her grave.
“Until now. Until Pittsburgh. This Jewish boy is going to buy a gun.” – Roger Simon in This Jewish Boy is Going to Buy a Gun