A recent story on DC’s NPR station, WAMU, examined the less-obvious group of gun owners across the state. The first bit focused on Adith Subramanian, a NOVA based mechanical engineer of Indian decent, who said he moved to Virginia specifically for the looser gun control laws. “I would describe myself as probably the last person you would expect to own guns,” he told WAMU. “I’m a very liberal minded person, I’m a vegan.”
Further town the piece, John Maher (top image, left via RG facebook page), owner of Jackson Ward’s The Rogue Gentleman, was interviewed as a gay man who felt the need to arm himself.
“I originally bought it just for target shooting and for the sport of guns and weapons,” he told WAUM. “As a gay individual, it’s always gonna be, I think, helpful to have just in case things happen in this world.”
Maher described an incident where he was heckled by a passerby for walking down the street holding hands with his boyfriend.
“For some reason that just ignited something inside of me,” Maher said of the incident. “And knowing that I had the ability to respond to them and also have something there, ‘cause it was multiple people, that could back up who I am and what I say, was a nice feeling to have.”
The original story aimed at finding unique voices in Virginia who don’t represent the majority of gun owners – white, middle aged men make up 60% of all gun owners, but only represent 31% of the total population according to the story.
though it appears their only Virginia lasting might be a defunct chapter in NOVA.