You are an adult and a Republican.
You are in charge of your own life and its about to get complicated.
You have a job.
You have your own money.
You own your own house.
You get to live in your own neighborhood.
You know the rules.
But you don’t have the freedom to own and defend the most basic of freedoms.
You don’t own your guns.
You can’t even go out and carry them around with you.
You’re trapped in a small, exclusive, and restrictive environment, where you have to get your hands on the latest weapons and accessories before you can even leave your home.
So how do you become a gun-owning, pro–gun, gun-rights, pro—Republican in just a short time?
The key to becoming a Republican, the first step, is to accept the fact that guns are deadly.
It’s been said so many times that it’s easy to forget that guns kill people.
As someone who has experienced both the gun violence and the gun culture firsthand, I’ve always believed that guns have a part to play in any society’s success.
Guns are part of the fabric of every society.
I have been a gun owner for more than 20 years, and I have personally witnessed many tragic shootings.
But I also have seen the many great lives saved by firearms.
In 2015, I was on the phone with a man who was shot and killed by a police officer in Florida.
My first instinct was to ask him what he thought about the officer’s use of deadly force.
The man responded by saying, “I’m happy for them.”
I asked him what happened to the man who had just been shot and told him that the officer was not the one to be held accountable.
He responded, “They just killed my guy.
I was the one who shot him.”
That’s the kind of response you see from many gun owners.
They believe that gun ownership is an honorable way to protect yourself and others.
I don’t think this is true.
For me, gun ownership and gun culture are not about guns.
I am not an expert on guns, but I do know the basic tenets of gun ownership.
The basic tenets are simple: 1.
You should have a right to own a gun.
You shouldn’t be required to register to own one.
If you do not own one, you should be able to keep it at home.
The Second Amendment is one of those tenets.
In the United States, we have three separate types of licenses: handguns, shotguns, and rifles.
The primary difference between these licenses is that the primary purpose of the firearm is to be a hunting or sporting weapon.
The secondary purpose is to kill people, especially law enforcement officers.
The third purpose of these licenses—the one I use most often—is to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
When I was a young kid, my father taught me the basics of gun safety.
He would point to a magazine or a firearm and say, “That’s loaded.
Keep that loaded, don’t shoot that person.”
I also grew up watching my father fight for gun rights in the streets of New York City, so I knew how important that principle was.
After he died, I read about the gun laws in New York.
I went to the gun shop and picked up my dad’s revolver.
I bought it for my mother and my sisters.
I put it on the mantelpiece.
I looked at my father and said, “This is my gun.
Don’t worry about the rules, just do what you have been taught.”
I was young and foolish.
At the time, the gun industry was in a recession and many of its products were falling off the shelves.
In my small town, I never thought I’d own a weapon.
But in 2010, my parents started the gun store that I now run, where I sell everything from handguns to rifles to shotguns to hunting rifles.
When I was in elementary school, my mother bought a pistol to use in the kitchen, because she couldn’t stand the sight of it in the house.
While I was still in the eighth grade, I decided to take the handgun exam at my local gun shop.
It was a simple test.
You were supposed to be able look at a pistol and point to the center of the barrel.
I scored well and was allowed to keep the pistol.
It became an important lesson for me.
It taught me that guns were a tool to be used responsibly.
I now use the pistol for target practice and in other home-protection tasks.
During my first year of college, I went through a period where I was spending most of my time outside of class, but it wasn’t until I went back to campus that I realized how important gun ownership was to my life.