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'Thunder In The Mountains' Explores America's Gun Culture

The cover of "Thunder in the Mountains: A Portrait of American Gun Culture" by Craig K. Collins.
The cover of "Thunder in the Mountains: A Portrait of American Gun Culture" by Craig K. Collins.
‘Thunder In The Mountains’ Explores America’s Gun Culture
'Thunder In The Mountains' Explores America's Gun Culture
GUESTCraig Collins, author of "Thunder in the Mountains"

San Diego author Craig Collins has a very personal perspective on gun culture and gun violence.

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In his debut memoir, "Thunder on the Mountains: A Portrait of American Gun Culture," he tells of his own childhood growing up with guns in Nevada — he understands the allure of guns. It's central to the role in the American identity, but he also understands the tragedy that happens all too often when guns are such an integral part of everyday life.

“There’s nothing that will focus your attention more on gun safety than actually shooting yourself,” Collins said, recounting the day he shot himself, on KPBS Midday Edition. “I was at about 8,500 feet up on the side of a 10,000 foot peak.”

“It took them about eight hours to get me to the hospital and it was hallucination inducing pain, it was extremely painful,” he said.

Collins is also the executive director of the Center for Gun Analytics, a San Diego-based nonprofit dedicated to leveraging the power of technology and big data to accurately illuminate the true nature of American gun deaths and injuries.

Listen to chapter one of the memoir here:

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