Originally posted on Jennifer Carlson, PhD:
Special thanks go out to my sister, Brittany Carlson, for traveling all the way to Wall Street to pick up a copy of my latest op-ed on “The Future of Guns” in the Wall Street Journal.
Guns and masculinity go together like cornflakes and milk. I see this constantly. I see it among scholars like James William Gibson (whose psycho-sexual analysis of guns and ammo I have recently highlighted), Jennifer Dawn Carlson and Angela Stroud (both of whom highlight the role of masculinity in shaping the understandings of those who carry … Continue reading
57% of likely 2016 voters ‘support allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns in public, including 40% who strongly feel this way.’ I usually don’t take “research” produced or disseminated by Everytown for Gun Safety very seriously, but browsing around their site recently I came across a memorandum by Kevin Ingham of Strategies 360, a Seattle-based … Continue reading
In my ongoing effort to document how pretty much anything you can make you can make as a gun (see also revolver espresso cups here and semi-auto espresso cups here), here is a 16 GB USB flash drive as revolver. A colleague of mine sent me a link to this item from amazon.com — $14 … Continue reading
I have been on a little unintended hiatus from blogging because I have been spending more time recently trying to work on my book, Concealed Carry Nation: Understanding the Culture of Armed Citizenship in America. The first substantive chapter of the book covers the history of concealed weapons laws since the early 1800s, something I … Continue reading
I recently posted some thoughts on the psycho-sexual aspects of defensive ammunition from James William Gibson’s book Warrior Dreams: Violence and Manhood in Post-Vietnam America. We all know that guns are phalluses, but who knew that an expanded hollow point bullet is like an erect penis and a wound channel in ballistic gelatin is like … Continue reading
It is common, tediously so, for people to dismiss men’s attraction to guns as “phallic symbols” and male gun owners as using guns as “penis substitutes.” (Does that mean, a la Freud, that women who own guns have “penis envy”? Or is it the case that “sometimes a gun is just a gun”?) Reading Warrior … Continue reading