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Guns In South Dakota

"Most of it is is new gun owners," says Michael Weeks (left), a gun store owner in Gainesville, Ga. By one estimate, Americans have bought nearly 3 million more guns than usual since March.
Kellie Weeks
"Most of it is is new gun owners," says Michael Weeks (left), a gun store owner in Gainesville, Ga. By one estimate, Americans have bought nearly 3 million more guns than usual since March.

Americans' love affair with guns begins at an early age. Sometimes we set aside our childish fascinations and fears as we grow. Sometimes our connections with hunting, shooting, surviving, or protecting, evolve into a more nuanced and mature relationship with firearms.

Often those stories feed into our personal politics as we seek to sort through some of the most challenging issues of modern America, gun rights and gun regulations, gun safety and gun violence.

Our April SDPB spotlight on guns in South Dakota began with a simple question. What is one of your earliest memories that relates to guns?

As we recap the multiple viewpoints of the project, we will begin with a few of those stories. First, you'll hear the voice of SDPBs Larry Rohrer. He was one of several staff members who shared personal stories. Then you'll hear from two listeners who each called in with stories of their own. And finally, you'll hear from NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, Matt Schlueter, all of them sharing one of their earliest memories about guns.

Lori Walsh is the host and senior producer of In the Moment.