Not every avid gun rights supporter is in favor of a cartoonish interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. (I, too, am in favor of gun rights, but I don’t put unencumbered gun ownership above the need to get our gun-related death problem under control.)
Here’s one of those avid gun rights supporters:
Dick Metcalf grew up on a Midwestern farm with a .22 rifle behind the kitchen door. He has been shooting since he was five years old and has been a member of the NRA since middle school.
"It was a tool for me," Metcalf said. "Like Mom's hot skillet; don't stick your hand on it. Like Dad's power saw; don't stick your finger in it. A gun; don't stand in front of it."
Metcalf went on to become a competitive shooter who has hunted on five continents, as well as a historian. He has been studying and writing about the Bill of Rights and firearms for 37 years. He has taught at Yale and Cornell, enacted concealed-carry laws across the country, and authored pro-firearms legislation.
But he is also in favor of mandatory training for gun owners, and tighter regulation of firearms.