Guns, Political Language, and Surveying Change
Firearms / My Experience

Guns, Political Language, and Surveying Change

In 2014, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence celebrated its 40th anniversary. Actually, the CSGV celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014, since it has only existed under that name since 1989. The organization was founded in 1974 as the National Coalition to Ban Handguns. According to Wikipedia, citing Duke University scholar Kristin Goss’s book Disarmed, … Continue reading

Further Thoughts on Survey Questions and Surveying Change in Attitudes toward Guns
Firearms / My Experience

Further Thoughts on Survey Questions and Surveying Change in Attitudes toward Guns

I recently shared some thoughts on the controversy over a Pew Research Center question on attitudes toward gun rights vs. gun control. I was particularly surprised to see Pew Research in the cross-hairs here because I have so much respect for the work they do. I recently spent several weeks revising a sociology of religion … Continue reading

On Survey Questions and Surveying Change in Attitudes Toward Guns
Firearms / Media

On Survey Questions and Surveying Change in Attitudes Toward Guns

“If you want to measure change, don’t change the measure.” – Attributed to sociologist Otis Dudley Duncan I was surprised recently to read that the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence has started a petition on the website Change.org to pressure the Pew Research Center to ask a new question about gun rights and gun control. … Continue reading

Identify before you shoot
Firearms / Personal Defense

Identify before you shoot

Originally posted on tacticalprofessor:
The house alarm sounded and the wife shot her husband through a closed bedroom door thinking he was an intruder, according to Fayetteville police. http://whnt.com/2015/01/09/soldier-shot-while-trying-to-surprise-wife-with-breakfast/ Obviously, that was a ‘negative outcome.’ Therein lays the problem with simply having a gun without doing any scenario training with it. My research has brought…

Live Tweeting PBS Frontline Program “Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA”
Firearms / Media / Uncategorized

Live Tweeting PBS Frontline Program “Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA”

Thanks to a recommendation from my fellow sociologist of guns, Jennifer Carlson, I was asked by the digital content manager for PBS’s FRONTLINE to participate in live Tweeting before, during, and after the premier of their upcoming episode, “Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA.” The episode airs at 10:00am Eastern Time on Tuesday, January … Continue reading