Living in Texas most of the last five years, I encountered many reasonable, even progressive or liberal minded, folk who champion the virtues of gun ownership and lift the Second Amendment to iconic status. I had to give up my previous notions, perhaps even my prejudices, about gun owners. I met too many people, NRA members, and even gun rights activists who were sane, educated, respectful, and articulate. In other words, the opposite of what I’d always understood champions of guns to be. I truly came to change my previous, rather prejudiced opinion of gun owners in general. My thoughts, beliefs, and values around guns, however, remain unchanged.