Compared to some, I haven't been in the "gun culture" for very long - I first picked up a gun just about 3 years ago and started writing about my experiences around the same time. As I learned more firearms and the Second Amendment, along the way I also learned something about those who shared my interests...
They were the best kind of people - hardworking, friendly, intelligent, welcoming, passionate, funny, and generous to a fault. Every group of people has the bad apples of course, and that can't be avoided, but almost across the board I've found that gunnies are a fairly superior bunch of human beings.
Perhaps it's because the Second Amendment is such an important issue or because our community just naturally has a "small town" feel but this even extends to those who would be considered celebrities. I've been lucky enough to meet and talk to people like Cam Edwards of NRA News, and Rob Pincus*, founder of I.C.E. Training and star of a popular show on The Outdoor Channel - and found them to be just regular people, friendly, eager to share their knowledge and excited about helping to advance our rights.
Even Todd Jarrett, all-around shooting superstar with hands of steel**, was kind enough to put up with my idiotic fangirl grinning to speak to me about my blog and Gun Nuts radio when I introduced myself (yes, after much coaxing from my #gunblogger_conspiracy friends) on the NRA Annual Meeting exhibit floor.
He signed a picture for me and then took the time to lead me across the hall to introduce me to Kandi Blick of Team Safariland, who gave me her number and an offer of her help whenever I might need it.
I'll never cease to be amazed at the goodness of gun folk - or grateful for it.
*Did you listen to Caleb and I interviewing Rob live on this week's Gun Nuts? Learn how to download it here - fantastic guest, lots of information, not to be missed!!
** I'm convinced that shaking Todd Jarrett's hand is to shooting what kissing the Blarney Stone is to eloquence.