Official Catholic View of Use of Lethal Force in Self-Defense
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Official Catholic View of Use of Lethal Force in Self-Defense

Miguel at the Gun Free Zone blog posted recently about a new book by a Texas police officer called Jesus Christ on Killing. I expect to see evangelical Christians taking this position, but Miguel brings to light some interesting passages from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that I had not previously read: The seldom … Continue reading

Evidence for the Rise in Self-Protection and Decline in Hunting as Reason for Gun Ownership in America
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Evidence for the Rise in Self-Protection and Decline in Hunting as Reason for Gun Ownership in America

Although surveys of gun ownership need to be consumed intelligently, as with all data, a recent “Fact Tank” posting the Pew Research Center presented a table that really caught my eye. Rather than just asking “do you own a gun,” this 2013 survey asked people to indicate the MAIN reason they own a gun (hence … Continue reading

More From Clayton Cramer’s “Concealed Weapon Laws of the Early Republic”
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More From Clayton Cramer’s “Concealed Weapon Laws of the Early Republic”

We live in an era of liberalization of concealed weapons laws (i.e., laws are less restrictive), so it is interesting to re-visit history to see why states developed restrictions on concealed weapons in the first place. In my last post, I gave some descriptive information about the first 8 states that restricted concealed weapons, culled … Continue reading

The History of Concealed Weapons Laws in the United States, Part 1: The Early Republic (Clayton Cramer)
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The History of Concealed Weapons Laws in the United States, Part 1: The Early Republic (Clayton Cramer)

As far as I know, there is no definitive history of the fall and rise of concealed carry in the United States. (Please correct me if I am wrong!) We do have some good partial histories, notably Clayton Cramer’s 1999 book Concealed Weapon Laws of the Early Republic (Praeger Publishers). Cramer describes and seeks to … Continue reading