Zusha told Russell: "One of the things that we’re really proud of is that we’re telling Stoner’s story for the first time. There’s been a lot written about him and a lot of people think they know about him, but we were really fortunate to earn the trust of his family and talk with them over months and years to better understand who this guy was."
McWhirter said: "We don’t want anyone to walk away from our book saying this is pro-gun or anti-gun, or pro-AR-15 or anti-AR-15. This is an amazing object that has changed our world and we need to understand it. But we’re anti-mass shooting. We want people to know this history so that all Americans think about how we solve the problem we’re facing."