Respect and civility on talk radio?

Every now and then you just have to insert a shameless plug for something you found that’s just plain good. About a year ago, while driving from Tampa to Charleston, I stumbled on a radio talk show called “Gun Talk.” I was a little shocked for a couple of reasons. First, I’ve become numb to the constant barrage of garbage from the mainstream media when it comes to anything related to self defense, guns, shooting, hunting, and even that long lost thing called personal accountability. Hearing a show on the RADIO that was all about guns was quite a surprise to say the least.

After listening for about a half hour, I realized I had stumbled on something even more unexpected. I was listening to a talk radio show with no yelling, no shout-downs, no hang ups, no heated arguments, and most important – a strong and consistent undertone of respect. Imagine that. Kids were even calling in with questions and comments!

Anyway, I have to plug Tom Gresham’s show Guntalk – it’s a joy to listen to and a great indicator of what My Gun Culture is all about. Give it a try. Sundays 2-5pm Eastern or on the web at You can also subscribe to the podcast if you’re so inclined.

Thanks for a great show Tom!

My Gun Culture

My Gun Culture is an interesting thing.  I didn’t even know there was one until about six years ago.  In fact, I was pretty convinced that My Gun Culture involved anti government militias and people that shot critters.

Then a funny thing happened.  My grandfather gave me a .22 target pistol that he bought “maybe 20 years ago.”  I dug a little deeper and found out it was a 1936 Colt Woodsman in pristine condition. So I finally got up the nerve to take it to a shooting range and step in to My Gun Culture, just for a few minutes.

What I found was pretty interesting. People there seemed to treat each other with, well, respect.  Hmmm.  I figured I would step in a few more times.  One thing led to another, which led to more visits to that range, and then another, and before you know it, I had even started going to a trap and skeet club.  Funny thing.  People there were old and young.  Men and women.  Parents, kids, siblings, friends.  And they were nice.  And respectful.  And honest.  At any given time there might be a hundred grand worth of fancy competition shotguns lying around.  Completely unattended.  And no one cared.

I found something pretty neat in My Gun Culture.  Something good.  Maybe some remnant of what our country’s founding fathers envisioned.  Respect.  Politeness.  Kid’s addressing men and women as “sir” and “ma’am” far more often than not.

I think I can get used to My Gun Culture.  It’s not a bad place.

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