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 approach this project. I shared my chapter in the book, Understanding America’s Gun Culture.
I was asked to write the concluding chapter to the book under the title, “What’s Next?” Unfortunately, chapters in edited scholarly books are where ideas go to die. As one scholar put it: “Quite simply, if you write a chapter for an edited book, you might as well write the paper and then bury it in a hole in the ground.”
In the interest of NOT burying my ideas, here’s my chapter on “Understanding and Misunderstanding America’s Gun Culture.”