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Rapping About Defensive Gun Carry Equivalent of Pascal’s Wager
Concealed Carry / Fear / Firearms / Personal Defense

Rapping About Defensive Gun Carry Equivalent of Pascal’s Wager

In response to my recent post on gun carrying as akin to Pascal’s Wager,  a colleague pointed to a song called “Pistol Pistol” by the Detroit-based rap group D12 (based known as the group that Eminem used to be a member of): If you can make it half-way through the song, you will hear Kuniva … Continue reading

Women Carrying Guns: Problems and Prospects
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

Women Carrying Guns: Problems and Prospects

Sociologist Jennifer Dawn Carlson begins a very interesting essay on the complexity of women’s involvement in gun culture recounting her first day carrying a concealed handgun in public: I remember looking at myself in the mirror that first morning, the familiar feminine ritual of checking my looks before heading out for the day disrupted by … Continue reading

Justified or Not? “Rash” of Self-Defense Shootings in Tulsa This Year
Firearms / Personal Defense

Justified or Not? “Rash” of Self-Defense Shootings in Tulsa This Year

A fellow sociologist asked the other day, “What’s the matter with Tulsa?” My immediate response was that Tulsa’s violent crime rate of 12.66 per 1,000 residents is 3 times the national average of 3.8 (and nearly 3 times Oklahoma’s rate of 4.41). According to Neighborhood Scout’s crime index, Tulsa is 3 out of 100 – … Continue reading

Jews Can Shoot
Faith / Firearms

Jews Can Shoot

Even as I launch headlong into my new study of guns, I maintain a presence and interest in the sociology of religion. So, in addition to a not-yet-published article I wrote on religion and gun ownership, I am also constantly on the lookout for things happening at the intersection of guns and religion. Things like … Continue reading

What is Worse, The Violence Policy Center or the New York Times Editorial Board?
Concealed Carry / Fear / Firearms

What is Worse, The Violence Policy Center or the New York Times Editorial Board?

What is worse? That the Violence Policy Center continues to promote brutally flawed “research” on “concealed carry killers”? Or that the New York Times’ editorial board publicized it? I am leaning toward the latter. We expect an advocacy group to do whatever it takes to promote their cause. The Violence Policy Center, its name notwithstanding, … Continue reading