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What is an Empirical Social Scientist to Do in the Wake of a Mass Murder?
Firearms / My Experience

What is an Empirical Social Scientist to Do in the Wake of a Mass Murder?

I had a difficult but illuminating interaction recently with a scholar who I like and whose work I appreciate. He posted a comment on Twitter in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting that I didn’t think reflected his best sociological imagination with respect to guns and violence. I responded by saying so. He … Continue reading

The Catch-22 of Gun Training – Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t
Firearms / Media / Training

The Catch-22 of Gun Training – Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

I went a bit ballistic on Facebook recently after I started seeing people posting and re-posting and commenting approvingly on a story that appeared in many media outlets — including the NY Times, PBS, and most graphically (and unsurprisingly) the NY Daily News. As a level-headed Canadian friend of mine pointed out, the actual body … Continue reading

Sociology of Guns Research Topic Selections – Spring 2018 Class
Firearms

Sociology of Guns Research Topic Selections – Spring 2018 Class

My Sociology of Guns syllabus reads, “If you engage this course thoughtfully and with commitment, by the end of the semester you will achieve the following learning objectives…” The first listed objective is: Better understand the multifaceted role guns play in the U.S., including the history and legalities, and the everyday uses and abuses. Relatedly, … Continue reading