What is an Empirical Social Scientist to Do in the Wake of a Mass Murder?
Firearms / My Experience

What is an Empirical Social Scientist to Do in the Wake of a Mass Murder?

I had a difficult but illuminating interaction recently with a scholar who I like and whose work I appreciate. He posted a comment on Twitter in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting that I didn’t think reflected his best sociological imagination with respect to guns and violence. I responded by saying so. He … Continue reading

The Catch-22 of Gun Training – Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t
Firearms / Media / Training

The Catch-22 of Gun Training – Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

I went a bit ballistic on Facebook recently after I started seeing people posting and re-posting and commenting approvingly on a story that appeared in many media outlets — including the NY Times, PBS, and most graphically (and unsurprisingly) the NY Daily News. As a level-headed Canadian friend of mine pointed out, the actual body … Continue reading