I'm a gun owner with generally liberal political leanings. I enjoyed the article and thought it was GOOD. For me, shooting is a fun and relaxing activity and something I can share with my teenage son. Also, as a woman, having the tools and know-how to defend myself should the need ever arise is deeply important to me.
If we as a society are serious about reducing violence involving guns, let's work on the root causes of so much violence - poverty, desperation, the failures of the War on Drugs. Let's also look at how to improve mental health treatment and reduce the stigmas attached to mental illness that are a barrier to seeking help for far too many. And let's encourage gun safety education for children and adolescents.