I’m wondering how to address my gun ownership with my new neighbors. My spouse and I both grew up in families who hunted to supplement our diets, and we have continued to do so as adults. We’ve always lived in rural areas or the suburbs where this was common or at least not unusual, so it’s never been an issue, though new friends have often been surprised to learn we are gun owners as we are very progressive in our politics, very opposed to the gun lobby industry, and very vocally pro-strong gun laws. We don’t see this as mutually exclusive and are always happy to explain. We don’t have kids of our own and are still young enough that none of our friends do either, so “kids and gun safety” has always been an abstract topic … until now.