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A.J. Somerset examines gun culture from an insider's perspective



A.J. Somerset has been around guns from a young age. A Snider-Enfield rifle hung above the back door of his grandfather's cottage. Later, as a soldier, he fired everything from rifles to machine guns to the cannon on an armoured car. And after he left the military behind, he took up trapshooting.


So you'd expect he'd be right at home in the company of other gun lovers. But in his new book, A.J. Somerset describes himself as an outsider, who went looking for  "the wellspring of crazy." The book is called Arms: The Culture And Credo of the Gun, and he's talking about it tonight at the Ottawa International Writers Festival. He joined us in studio beforehand.




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