Colion Noir isn't your typical gun advocate. He's young. He's hip. And he's black. He isn't the type of gun owner the media usually likes to provide to the public. But while he's distinctive, he's also something else: bold. On Thursday evening, he sat down with Glenn Beck to tell a little about his story.
"Space." That's how Noir responded when Beck asked the young man where he came from after he seemingly burst onto the gun scene recently. And it's a perfect example of the type of person he is: fun and to the point.
He's also well-spoken. And during his TV interview with Beck, he proved it.
"I started making videos on YouTube, mainly revolving around firearms in general," he said of how he got his first big break. But the new NRA News contributor didn't grow up around guns, making him one of the most unlikely advocates for them.
"I wasn't completely against firearms," he told Beck, "but I wasn't too fond of them."
So how did his love of guns start?
"I had a friend of mine who actually had a gun he hadn't fired in like three years," he explained. "So one day kind of out of the blue ... he was like, 'I'm going to go tot he range, would you like to go?' And curiosity got the best of me. So at that point we went to the range and quite frankly when I stepped in I was terrified."
The terror, he said, comes from the way guns are portrayed by Hollywood. But it didn't last long for him.
"When I picked up the gun and I fired, after the first shot it was literally love at first shot. And I've been chasing that high ever since."
Besides chasing, he's also been chased. He detailed the time he was almost "kidnapped" but fought back. But that wasn't the only surprise he had for the audience. In a special moment, he also revealed that he had just learned an hour earlier he passed the Texas bar exam.
"The gun has been vilified," he said near the end of the interview, explaining that so many in the black community associate guns with a "thug mentality."
But he's changing that. One video -- and one shot -- at a time.
Editor's note: TheBlaze.com will be sitting down with Noir and two of the other new NRA News contributors on Friday. Stay tuned for that story.