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America’s Super Gun Owners Are . . . What?
Firearms / Media

America’s Super Gun Owners Are . . . What?

Lois Beckett covers guns in the United States for The Guardian, and recently cross-posted her work on The Trace, because some researchers at Harvard and Northeastern Universities gave these two gun-control-oriented news organizations early access to their findings from a study of gun ownership in the United States. Beckett highlighted one particular finding from the … Continue reading

“This Isn’t Star Wars”: Thinking Beyond Good Guys and Bad Guys
Books / Firearms

“This Isn’t Star Wars”: Thinking Beyond Good Guys and Bad Guys

Two of the books we’re reading in my Sociology of Guns seminar this year are Abigail Kohn’s Shooters: Myths and Realities of America’s Gun Cultures (2004) and Angela Stroud’s Good Guys with Guns: The Appeal and Consequences of Concealed Carry (2016). Both address the issue of good guys and bad guys in interesting and relevant … Continue reading

Memo to The Trace: Your Antipathy Toward Gun Owners is Pissing Me Off
Firearms / Media / My Experience

Memo to The Trace: Your Antipathy Toward Gun Owners is Pissing Me Off

To: The Trace From: A Liberal Social Scientist Studying Guns Date: 22 September 2016 Re: Your Antipathy Toward Gun Owners In my Sociology of Guns seminar today, we are reading an excerpt from (Harvard Bachelor’s, Cambridge Master’s, and University of California Ph.D.) anthropologist Abigail Kohn’s book, Shooters: Myths and Realities of America’s Gun Cultures. Published … Continue reading

Testing, Testing Myself on the Gun Range
Firearms / My Experience

Testing, Testing Myself on the Gun Range

In my recent post on “Becoming a Civilian Defender,” I highlighted Massad Ayoob’s position that “mental awareness and preparedness” and “proper use of tactics” are higher priorities in surviving violent encounters than “skill in combatives” and “optimum selection of equipment.” Which is reassuring to me because I do spend more time on the former than the … Continue reading

Becoming the Civilian Defender
Firearms / Personal Defense

Becoming the Civilian Defender

Although it was published earlier this year, I recently came across an interesting post on Dr. Sherman House’s “Revolver Science” blog called Becoming the Civilian Defender. “Civilian defender” is House’s term for the regular people who take responsibility for their self-defense along the lines of tactical trainer Patrick McNamara’s “Sentinel” or sociologist Jennifer Carlson’s “citizen-protector.” … Continue reading