No. I was never anti gun. There was a short time (months?) when I favored a little more gun control. During around me being 4-9 yrs old, I was raised going camping a lot with my step-dad. Guns were sometimes part of that depending on the trip. My mom and 'real dad' didn't really influence me. They never seemed to be pro or con. During the mid 80's, gangs drive-by's etc were fairly common in L.A. which was about 50 miles north of me. More towards the later 80's, things were coming to a head. The news was all over it like they are now, imo. I was in my very late teens at the time. (mom was divorced from alcoholic, a-hole step dad when I was 9 yrs old.) With all the news and politician saying they needed to do it to reduce the gang shootings, it seemed to make sense..... UNTIL...... The folding stock issue came up. When I figured out that what they were feeding the public was that a Mini 14 with a tradition stock was fine but somehow became menace to society if it had a folding stock. That's when I realized the media and Govt don't always tell the accurate truth.