2019 was a bit of an off year for this blog. I had far fewer visitors (65,000 compared to over 100,000 in 2018), and my annual page views did not grow for the first time since I began blogging in 2012. This is in large part because I published half as many posts in 2019 compared to 2018 (63 vs. 127).
Some of my posting activity went over to the Gun Curious blog I launched in 2019. But a large part of my time in 2019 was also given over to revising my sociology of religion textbook. The bulk of that project is done, so I am hoping to get back to blogging more regularly in 2020.
On the bright side, my visitors and views per post were both up in 2019. So, the more I post, the more readers I get. No surprise there.
Because I like my #11 and #12 posts, I am listing my 12 most viewed posts in 2019 here:
1. Is Using “R.I.P.” Defensive Ammunition Asking for Trouble? (originally published 2016, #7 in 2018). People can’t seem to get enough of R.I.P. ammo.
2. Awareness and Managing Unknown Contacts: Before a Harsh Word or a Gun. I am glad this one was viewed so much because the issue is so important and I was excited to get to train with Craig Douglas last year.
3. Gary Kleck on the Effect of Large-Capacity Magazines on the Casualty Counts in Mass Shootings (originally published 2015, #3 in 2018 as well). No surprise here. Eternally popular because the idea resonates so strongly with gun people.
4. How a Card Carrying Liberal Professor Became a Card Carrying Liberal Armed American. Like #2, really happy this post received significant attention. It links to the YouTube video of my lunch keynote lecture at the National Firearms Law Seminar in Indianapolis (which itself has over 6,000 very gratifying views). If you want to understand me and this project, that is the best 40 minute summary out there.
5. What’s Next? Understanding and Misunderstanding America’s Gun Culture (Book Chapter). Link to the chapter I published in a book called Understanding America’s Gun Culture. It’s not a “7 minute read” on Medium.com, but it is a relatively accessible introduction to how I orient my work on gun culture to the broader field of scholarship on guns.
6. Gun-Shy: Refusal to Answer Questions about Firearm Ownership . I’ve written a number of times about how surveys underestimate gun ownership. This piece is about an article published on the topic. I’m glad people found it interesting.
7. When in Prescott, Arizona, Stop by Sturm, Ruger Company (originally published 2017, #9 in 2018). People are obviously Googling about touring Ruger when they are in Prescott. Not what this post is about, but Thanks Google!
8. New York Times Steps to Buy a Gun, Homicide, and Suicide Cross-Nationally (originally published 2018). Last year’s #1 most popular post, hanging in there.
9. Ethical Arguments Against and For Gun Control: How Much Regulation Do We Need? (originally published 2017, #6 in 2018). Not in my Top 100 best posts but here it is. Probably high school kids Googling to try to find information for papers they have to write.
10. “Militarized” Handguns on the Chopping Block. I thought this was an important piece on gun control activist Igor Volsky for introducing (to me, at least) the idea of the “militarized” handgun.
11. Virtue and Guns: A Response. Link to my essay on the Psychology Today blog defending the virtuousness of Gun Culture 2.0, an essay I am very pleased with. If you haven’t read it, it’s about a 5 minute read.
12. John Correia Has Come a Long Way, Baby. I met Correia in the course of my research and now consider him a friend. Happy this piece made it on my extended Top Post list for 2019.
Two concluding observations:
As with last year, with a couple of exceptions (#7 and #12, a puff piece to be sure), all of these posts address what I think are serious issues in understanding guns in America today. That is heartening.
Last year, only 2 of my Top 10 posts were actually posted in 2018. Although the longevity of some of those posts was pleasing, I am happy to say that this year 7 of the Top 12 were published in 2019. This makes me feel like I am continuing to have interesting things to say to people.