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Neighborhood Racial Composition and Applications for Concealed Weapon Permits (Seattle, 1972)
Concealed Carry / Fear / Personal Defense

Neighborhood Racial Composition and Applications for Concealed Weapon Permits (Seattle, 1972)

In my last post, I discussed some of the findings in a scholarly article called “Law-Abiding One-Man Armies,” based on a study of concealed weapon permit applications in Seattle, Washington in 1972. Because that post was getting a bit long, I held my description of the findings concerning neighborhood racial composition and applications for permits … Continue reading

Law Abiding One-Man Armies (Seattle, Washington, 1972)
Concealed Carry / Fear / Personal Defense

Law Abiding One-Man Armies (Seattle, Washington, 1972)

Although the right-to-carry revolution in the United States is three decades old now, very few serious studies of gun carrying have been published over the years. That is starting to change, as scholars take note of the rising number of individuals getting concealed weapon permits and as high profile cases of permit holders like George … Continue reading

Mike the Gun Guy: The Violence Policy Center Has Something Important To Tell Us About Guns
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Media

Mike the Gun Guy: The Violence Policy Center Has Something Important To Tell Us About Guns

Originally posted on mikethegunguy:
When the Violence Policy Center began tracking shooting homicides committed by persons with concealed-carry permits, they were attacking the most cherished totem of the pro-gun community, namely, the idea that armed citizens play a positive role in protecting themselves and others from crime.  The fact that there is no credible research…

Déjà Vu All Over Again: Richard Hofstadter on America as a Gun Culture
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Déjà Vu All Over Again: Richard Hofstadter on America as a Gun Culture

I wrote previously about how two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Hofstadter’s 1970 essay, “America as a Gun Culture,” brought the term “gun culture” into more common use. Re-reading the essay today is – to quote the great wordsmith Yogi Berra – like déjà vu all over again. Had I not known the essay was published … Continue reading

Kristin Goss on The (No Longer) Missing Movement for Gun Control in America?
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Kristin Goss on The (No Longer) Missing Movement for Gun Control in America?

In a previous post about Brian Anse Patrick’s book about the concealed weapon carry movement in the United States, I reviewed Patrick’s explanation for the success of this movement. Part of his explanation of its success is also an explanation of the failure of proponents of gun control. According to Patrick, anti-gun groups have no … Continue reading

Another Way of Visually Presenting Current Concealed Carry Laws in the United States
Concealed Carry

Another Way of Visually Presenting Current Concealed Carry Laws in the United States

There are lots of interesting ways of depicting the current status of concealed carry laws in the United States, and especially the dramatic expansion of “shall-issue” or “right-to-carry” laws during the recent period of liberalization. I re-posted one recently that was created by Rob Vance and published by David Kopel on Volokh Conspiracy. I have … Continue reading