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Students for Concealed Carry 2014 National Conference
Concealed Carry / Personal Defense

Students for Concealed Carry 2014 National Conference

Not exactly a timely post, but I went to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in August to attend the Students for Concealed Carry National Conference, co-sponsored by John R. Lott, Jr.’s Crime Prevention Research Center. I overhead someone say that there were 70 individuals preregistered, but my rough count (including organizers and presenters) … Continue reading

The Problem with Seeing Guns as a Social Problem
Firearms / Fun / Shooting Sports

The Problem with Seeing Guns as a Social Problem

As I have been delving into survey research on American gun ownership recently, I was surprised to find studies back into the 1970s criticizing the dominant approach to firearms ownership as being a subject for the sociology of deviance or criminology. The first two articles I read, from 1975 and 1978, were both published in … Continue reading

New York Times Discovery of Assault Weapon Myth is Not News to Many People
Firearms / Media

New York Times Discovery of Assault Weapon Myth is Not News to Many People

I’m not really sure whether to shake my head in amazement that the New York Times has discovered that assault weapons kill very few people in America, or to be happy that they finally figured it out. Either way, on September 12th the Times published a “news analysis” by Lois Beckett, who writes for ProPublica, … Continue reading