I’ve noticed that some people tend to buy into the propaganda released by the anti-gun groups or those who just seem to not know any better, and believe that gun owners are uneducated and violence prone. This is plainly untrue, so I thought I would give some of my biographical and demographical information:

A picture of the author of learnaboutguns.com

My name is Eric Puryear.  I’m an African American male in my mid twenties, and I grew up in a suburb of Chicago, IL.  I live in the Quad Cities (about 160 miles West of Chicago, near the IL/IA border). I’m an Attorney at Law (licensed in IL an IA), who holds a Bachelor of Science  in Computer Science, and who is now pursuing a Master of Science in Computer Science part-time. Jessie Jackson certainly does not speak for me. I am a registered Democrat, although I would likely vote Libertarian if there were a viable Libertarian candidate who wasn’t really a socially conservative Republican in disguise. I currently work as a lawyer, but have worked for software firms before beginning my career in the legal field. I am law abiding, peaceable, and generally a soft spoken person. I own multiple firearms, including my favorites which are pump action shotguns. I enjoy firearms, but they are not my primary hobby. I grew up in a family that was ardently opposed to guns, and it was not until I was about 22 years old that I really began to think about guns rights as a good thing.  If you want to read my opinions on abortion, gay rights, and other social issues, you can go here (spoiler alert: I’m quite liberally minded and support all of our basic rights, even those that I don’t personally exercise).

In short, I don’t fit the inaccurate stereotype of gun owners that is portrayed with depressing regularity. Neither do these gun owners, or countless others. I have also found that the gun owners I have met in Chicago area or Iowa gun stores and shooting ranges are just as racially tolerant as any other people, despite that anti-gun-owner stereotype too.

If you wish to contact me, you my email address can be found here.  Please note that I do not provide online legal advice, for the reasons discussed here.

For those who are interested in my non-gun-related political views, opinions, and random commentary see my other website MyRandomTangents.com.


If you are seeking an attorney in Illinois or Iowa, I can be contacted at (888)919-3719. My law firm’s website can be seen at PuryearLaw.com.

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