“We need more books like this: personal, emotional meditations on gun ownership… showing us all the ways in which guns take on meaning for people, and what happens when those meanings collide.” —Pacific Standard

"Journalist Young explores gun culture in this searing take on race and gun ownership in the U.S. Young recalls his childhood in gun-friendly Mississippi and Florida, and the perception of black youths as being a threat to white America. One of the five most-anticipated memoirs of Fall 2018." —Publishers Weekly

“I can’t view myself as just a gun owner.  I have to view myself as a black gun owner.” 

—RJ Young, Huffington Post

"Honest and heartbreaking, Young’s raw account of being a black gun owner in America will mesmerize readers."

—Publishers Weekly

The 'Young Black Man' Who Reluctantly Became an NRA-Certified Instructor (All Things Considered, NPR)

Author RJ Young on race and guns (Amanpour & Co. CNN/PBS)

Black journalist RJ Young explores why guns matter to white Americans (CBC, The Current)

Gun Ownership: Why It’s Different For Black People (NPR, KERA)