Assessing Risk in the Decision to Carry a Gun
Concealed Carry / Firearms / My Experience / Personal Defense

Assessing Risk in the Decision to Carry a Gun

One of the most controversial and confusing topics when it comes to guns is the issue of risk. The determination of risk is central to the public health approach to (gun) violence, going back to Arthur Kellermann’s influential and controversial work such as “Gun Ownership as a Risk Factor for Homicide in the Home.” I … Continue reading

African Americans Carrying Guns
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

African Americans Carrying Guns

In my sociology of guns class this week and next, we are reading and discussing Jennifer Carlson’s book Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline. Today I want to reflect some on the issue of race and gun carrying, reflections occasioned by Carlson’s book. As noted previously, Carlson’s study is focused … Continue reading

San Francisco Gun Store High Bridge Arms Closing in the Land of Unicorns and Rainbows
Firearms / My Experience

San Francisco Gun Store High Bridge Arms Closing in the Land of Unicorns and Rainbows

On Tuesday I was talking to my sociology of guns class about how I got into gun culture given my background growing up completely free of guns in the San Francisco Bay area, the land of unicorns and rainbows. On Wednesday, news of the impending closure of High Bridge Arms, “San Francisco’s Last Gun Shop,” … Continue reading

Student Reflection on the Protective Role of Guns in Society
Firearms

Student Reflection on the Protective Role of Guns in Society

The 8h student reflection on the normative question of the role guns should play in (American) society, from my Sociology of Guns seminar, follows. The first seven reflections can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. By James O’Geary Within contemporary society, issues related to the sale and private ownership of firearms … Continue reading