Posting my upcoming presentation at the University of Arizona yesterday reminded me that I should do the same for the paper I presented at The Copeland Colloquium on “The Symbolic and Material Construction of Guns” at Amherst College last March.
The paper I presented at Amherst is based on my observations at the United States Concealed Carry Association’s Concealed Carry Expo in 2016, about which I have written quite a bit (see the landing page collecting my posts here).
As the colloquium, and the planned book on The Social Life of Guns based on the colloquium, are both targeted to academic audiences, this paper can get a bit jargon-y. But if you’re interested in having a read, “‘The First Rule of Gunfighting is Have a Gun'” is now available on the SocArXiv website.
Although the book chapter is largely complete, this part of my work on gun and gear technologies will also feed into my Gun Culture 2.0 book, so feedback is welcome.