RJ Young loved a woman. The woman loved her dad. Her dad loved guns. So RJ, who had spent his whole life staying away from guns, plunged headlong into the gun world.
He ended up building enough skill to become an NRA-certified pistol instructor. But he also grew to have deep reservations about the effects of gun culture in America — especially for people like him. He has turned those thoughts into a book called “Let It Bang: A Young Black Man’s Reluctant Odyssey Into Guns.”
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- The Amazon page for "Let It Bang"
- RJ's YouTube channel -- 90 percent Oklahoma football, 9 percent other sports, 1 percent hilarious cameo from his mom in the promo
- An interview on PBS' "Amanpour & Co."
- The A$AP Ferg track that gave RJ his book title (language alert!)
- RJ's bio
- His Twitter page
- An interview with the New York Times
Other music in this episode:
- Blue Dot Sessions, "Greylock"
- Krackatoa, "Mariachi Bandits of Gatling Gun Ridge"