What’s Next? Understanding and Misunderstanding America’s Gun Culture – Book Chapter FINAL
Books / My Experience

What’s Next? Understanding and Misunderstanding America’s Gun Culture – Book Chapter FINAL

I am preparing to depart for the Republic of Texas tomorrow to meet with my church security Collaborative Inquiry Team (another sociologist and two pastors) and attend a national conference on church security. Each of us on the team shared something we wrote to help the others understand where we are coming from as we … Continue reading

FUNDED – The Body Armor of Christ: Constructing Safety and Security in Communities of Faith
Faith / Fear / My Experience

FUNDED – The Body Armor of Christ: Constructing Safety and Security in Communities of Faith

Earlier this year, I put out a call for resources on protecting houses of worship for a possible research project on church/congregational security. I received so many suggestions that I was able to create two lists: Training Organizations, Groups and Individuals Other Resources (conferences, books, DVDs, articles, etc.) I am happy to report that the … Continue reading

Commentary on Jennifer Carlson’s book Citizen-Protectors
Books / Concealed Carry / Law and Policy / My Experience

Commentary on Jennifer Carlson’s book Citizen-Protectors

Last year I was invited to serve as one of the “critics” in an “author-meets-critics” session at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Montreal. The author in question is someone whose work I admire, Jennifer Carlson, so I gladly accepted. Putting together my list of top books on guns in America, I … Continue reading

8 Years Ago I Watched “Top Shot” – It Mattered
Firearms / Fun / Media / My Experience

8 Years Ago I Watched “Top Shot” – It Mattered

Facebook kindly reminded me yesterday morning that 8 years ago I was in Columbus, Georgia with my son for a tennis tournament. Passing time between matches by flipping through the channels on the TV, I made an important discovery. By dumb luck, I landed on a History Channel marathon showing back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back episodes of the inaugural … Continue reading