Jay Zimmerman got his first BB gun when he was 7, and his first shotgun when he was 10.
"Growing up in Appalachia, you look forward to getting your first firearm," he said, "probably more so than your first car."
His grandfather taught him to hunt squirrels and quail. Zimmerman, who lives in Elizabethton, Tenn., said pretty much everyone he knows has a gun. It's just part of the culture.
"When I went into the military, that culture was reinforced," he said. "Your weapon is almost another appendage. It's part of who you are."