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The History of Concealed Weapons Laws in the United States, Part 1: The Early Republic (Clayton Cramer)
Books / Concealed Carry / Firearms

The History of Concealed Weapons Laws in the United States, Part 1: The Early Republic (Clayton Cramer)

As far as I know, there is no definitive history of the fall and rise of concealed carry in the United States. (Please correct me if I am wrong!) We do have some good partial histories, notably Clayton Cramer’s 1999 book Concealed Weapon Laws of the Early Republic (Praeger Publishers). Cramer describes and seeks to … Continue reading

Jennifer Dawn Carlson on Gun Politics in America
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

Jennifer Dawn Carlson on Gun Politics in America

I was fortunate recently to host a leading sociologist studying American gun culture, Jennifer Dawn Carlson. Dr. Carlson is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, but despite working north of the border she is an American and primarily studies American society. She has published a number of newspaper opinion pieces which attempt to … Continue reading

Gun Digest Uses NSSF Data: How Not to Create a Pie Chart
Firearms / Fun / Media / Shooting Sports

Gun Digest Uses NSSF Data: How Not to Create a Pie Chart

Thumbing through the February 13, 2014 issue of Gun Digest magazine, I was excited to see data on a recent survey of first-time gun buyers, attributed to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the shooting, hunting and firearms industry. Two pie charts, shown below, describe (1) the percentage of new shooters … Continue reading

Dealing With Active Shooters at My Workplace
My Experience / Personal Defense

Dealing With Active Shooters at My Workplace

I was surprised this morning to receive an email from work about testing a new indoor emergency alert system on campus that will include messages not only about tornadoes and threatening weather, but also about “an active shooter” or “an armed intruder.” I was surprised because there has been no previous mention at my workplace … Continue reading