Posted on 10/15/2018 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If you’d told the youthful version of RJ Young, happily browsing baseball cards at a show, that someday he’d be doing the same thing but with guns instead, he would’ve howled with laughter.

But then he fell for a woman whose father was passionate about firearms.

Young wanted to have something in common with his new father-in-law, so he decided to learn more about — and use — guns.

His unlikely journey from viewing guns as “pointed at me or somebody who looked like me” to becoming an NRA-certified pistol instructor is detailed in a new memoir, Let It Bang: A Young Black Man's Reluctant Odyssey into Guns.

You can listen to him discuss it on All Things Considered below or head to NPR’s website to read a transcript of the interview. 

Categories: Author Interview

Tagged As: Author interview, Memoir, NPR

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