TwoÂ examples of just how respectable gun ownership is todayÂ happened to me this last week.Â Â First, I am on my Catholic parish’s finance committee.Â As we finished setting our budget for the currentÂ fiscal year and adjournedÂ Thursday night’sÂ meeting, the topic turned to guns. Â Soon fourÂ of the seven members, including our pastor, were talking about getting togetherÂ at the local shooting range.Â At least oneÂ additionalÂ member is alsoÂ a gun owner butÂ doesn’t target shoot as a hobby.Â Â Â Although the parish is in small town North Carolina, none of us are native to this area.Â We are big city and suburban folk, active and retired accountants, investment advisorsÂ and a former lobbyist for a business association.
Read the whole thing. This big aspect of Heller that I hadn’t anticipated was that Supreme Court validation of the right would do more to legitimize gun ownership in the eyes of ordinary citizens, which I think it has to a very large degree. To be honest, I’m not sure why folks working at gun control groups aren’t looking for jobs in other left-of-center issues at this point. The past few years has minted a lot of new gun owners. It may only beÂ anecdotalÂ evidence, but how often now when you go to gun shows do you hear dealers explaining the process to people? Â I’ve noticed quite a bit of it.