Two Gun Trainers, Three Opinions; or, One Gun Trainer, Two Schools?
Faith / Training

Two Gun Trainers, Three Opinions; or, One Gun Trainer, Two Schools?

Yesterday I concluded my post by raising the question of whether there is an essential core of systematic knowledge or set of professional norms that are widely agreed upon by defensive firearms trainers. I don’t think so, and the failed attempt to establish an Association of Defensive Firearms Instructors as a professional association may suggest … Continue reading

Distinguishing Responsibly Armed Citizens from Mere Gun Owners
Law and Policy / Personal Defense / Training

Distinguishing Responsibly Armed Citizens from Mere Gun Owners

In my last post, I thought about the distinction between good guys with gun and bad guys with guns, and whether we can make that distinction only after someone has acted good or bad with a gun (“By their fruits ye shall know them”). The most recent incident spurring these thoughts is the mattress-in-dumpster shooting … Continue reading

Add a Colt to Your Motoring Equipment
Concealed Carry / Fear / Firearms / Guns and Gear / Personal Defense

Add a Colt to Your Motoring Equipment

Although the entire premise of this blog and my research on Gun Culture 2.0 more generally is that self-defense and concealed carry have been become the core of American gun culture, I do recognize that self-defense and concealed carry have always been a part of American gun culture. Even in the late 18th and early … Continue reading

Lock, Stock, and Barrel: The Origins of American Gun Culture by Clayton Cramer
Books / Firearms

Lock, Stock, and Barrel: The Origins of American Gun Culture by Clayton Cramer

I had the opportunity recently to review historian Clayton Cramer’s new book, Lock, stock, and barrel: The origins of American gun culture (Praeger, 2018), for CHOICE, a monthly publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries designed to help librarians decide which books to add to their collections. My overall evaluation is that this … Continue reading