Although I try to be comprehensive in my understanding of guns in America, I have never claimed to be an expert in all areas of gun culture. I know more about Gun Culture 2.0 than Gun Culture 1.0, for example.
Also, I have made it my mission to supplement most scholars’ tight focus on negative outcomes with guns (homicide, suicide) and more troubling corners of gun culture (e.g., anti-government militias, armed white supremacists) by studying normal gun owners who do normal things with their guns.
Despite these boundries I put around my work, every now and then unfamiliar parts of gun culture break through to my consciousness. To wit: I have been posting student gun range field trip reflections from my Sociology of Guns class this fall on my Gun Curious blog and cross-posting those to my Gun Curious Facebook page.
In response to the first student reflection post, a reader made a comment that I had a hard time understanding. I still do.
Here is my reading of these comments: This reader objects to my student gun range field trip because many of my students come from non-gun backgrounds and favor more restrictions on guns, so he doesn’t want them to be comfortable with guns because they view him as a subject to be ruled with an iron fist and are being taught to shoot him and his half of the country?
Am I missing something here?
I’m usually able to keep these far reaches of American gun culture at arm’s length, so I’m still sitting with this comment and trying to process it.