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Graphical Depiction of Spread of Right to Carry in United States (1986-2014)
Concealed Carry / Firearms

Graphical Depiction of Spread of Right to Carry in United States (1986-2014)

David Kopel, Research Director at the Independence Institute in Colorado and a well-known figure in the gun community, recently published a brief and useful essay on The Volokh Conspiracy blog (now oddly a part of the Washington Post web site). In it, Kopel discusses the expansion of “shall issue” concealed carry laws in the United … Continue reading

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