Along with guns, Baum likes rational drug policy, bicycles, hats, food, and my book (we have much in common). He's, you know, your typical gun-loving liberal Jewish boy from New Jersey (errr).
Baum is also the author of the sleeper hit Smoke and Mirrors and the much acclaimed more recent Nine Lives.
Alas, this article is only available by subscription so you'll have to run out to your local newsstand a buy the current issue of Harpers. It's worth it. [Update: here's a pdf of the article] Here's an excerpt, not from the article, but from his gun blog:
I like guns for a lot of reasons: I hunt, I enjoy the sensual pleasure of manipulating their exquisitely exact mechanisms, I’m drawn to the history they evoke, I enjoy the elegant geometry of marksmanship. But I can’t pretend that guns aren’t at their heart instruments of lethal violence.
There may be some dark “real” reason that I like guns lurking under there -- something about my penis, perhaps, or a latent desire to dominate others by force. It may also be that I like guns for all the reasons I think I like guns. What is clear is that most of my friends, who tend to be liberal Democrats like me, don’t get it. Neither, quite frankly, do the liberal Democrats in office who keep trying to impose restrictions on a device -- and a culture built around the device -- that they don’t understand.