Book Report: Paul Barrett’s Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun
Books / Firearms

Book Report: Paul Barrett’s Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun

Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun     Like C.J. Chivers’ The Gun, I first heard about this book on NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terri Gross,” though I also heard Barrett interviewed on Tom Gresham’s “Gun Talk” radio show. Author Paul Barrett is Assistant Managing Editor of Bloomberg Business Week magazine and writes for New … Continue reading

Thoughts on Banning Certain Types of Rifles and Magazines
Firearms

Thoughts on Banning Certain Types of Rifles and Magazines

As expected, California Senator Diane Feinstein has introduced legislation that would ban “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines. I am actually trying to read as little about this as possible because I am already mad at myself for the amount of time I am spending thinking about “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazine bans (in … Continue reading

Misleading Anti-Gun Headline from Associated Press
Firearms / Media

Misleading Anti-Gun Headline from Associated Press

I was surprised to fire up Twitter yesterday and see lots of buzz from anti-gun groups about a syndicated Associated Press story that ran with headlines like “Experts back NYC’s link of gun laws, lower crime” and “Bloomberg Says Gun Control Responsible For Lower New York Crime Rates, Experts Agree.” As an empirically-minded social scientist, … Continue reading

The Most Rational Fear According to Michael Glassner: Guns
Fear / Firearms

The Most Rational Fear According to Michael Glassner: Guns

In a previous post I discussed sociologist Michael Glassner’s argument about the “culture of fear” that pervades America, especially the fear-mongering that takes place around very rare and anomalous events like public mass murders, especially at schools. In his book, Glassner uses the example of the 1997-98 string of school shootings in Pearl (MS), West … Continue reading

The Culture of Fear and the Mass Murders of 2012
Books / Fear / Firearms / Media

The Culture of Fear and the Mass Murders of 2012

The reader I am using for introduction to sociology this semester include an excerpt from sociologist Barry Glassner’s (relatively) famous book, The Culture of Fear (originally published in 1999, with a 10th anniversary edition in 2009, by Basic Books). Glassner’s basic argument is that Americans have an excessive fear of the wrong things. For example, … Continue reading