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Tom Givens: “Where is the gun in your car?”
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

Tom Givens: “Where is the gun in your car?”

I don’t know why I haven’t written more about my experience attending the Rangemaster Tactical Conference back in 2014 because it was quite an experience, indeed. I learned alot, especially from Tom Givens’ presentation on “Defining the Threat, Designing Training Programs for Reality.” Although it was not one of his major points, I remember Givens … Continue reading

President Donald J. Trump – 10 Initial Gut Reactions and Reflections
My Experience

President Donald J. Trump – 10 Initial Gut Reactions and Reflections

I do not follow politics closely anymore, so I am not well-placed to comment on the recent election as anything other than a regular, half-awake citizen. So instead of thoughtful, informed commentary on the political future ahead, I am offering my initial gut reactions and reflections on the election of Donald J. Trump as President … Continue reading

Offense, Defense, or Both: Why Do Some Poor Minority Inner-City Youth Carry Guns?
Firearms / Personal Defense

Offense, Defense, or Both: Why Do Some Poor Minority Inner-City Youth Carry Guns?

As much as I have enjoyed my recent foray into recreational gun culture (hunting, target/sport shooting, and collecting), I am returning from my hiatus from thinking about guns in connection with violence because we are discussing violence in my Sociology of Guns seminar now. As I wrote previously, following James Wright, “most of the gun … Continue reading

Public Trust and the Warrior Ethos by Captain Charles Huth
Fear / Personal Defense

Public Trust and the Warrior Ethos by Captain Charles Huth

I have previously written about my reservations about both the “sheepdog” and “warrior” metaphors for civilian gun carriers. Recently some friends on Facebook shared a post on LinkedIn by Captain Chip Huth of the Kansas City (Missouri) Police Department called “Public Trust and the Warrior Ethos.” Although Huth addresses himself to law enforcement officers, I … Continue reading