The Pocket Pistol
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The Pocket Pistol

Mark Keefe, Editor in Chief of The American Rifleman, has an excellent article in the December 2016 issue on “The Pocket Pistol’s Progression,” in conjunction with a review by Joseph Kurtenbach of the second version of the landmark Ruger LCP pocket pistol. Keefe provides some interesting quotes from the English gun writer Hugh B.C. Pollard … Continue reading

“This Isn’t Star Wars”: Thinking Beyond Good Guys and Bad Guys
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“This Isn’t Star Wars”: Thinking Beyond Good Guys and Bad Guys

Two of the books we’re reading in my Sociology of Guns seminar this year are Abigail Kohn’s Shooters: Myths and Realities of America’s Gun Cultures (2004) and Angela Stroud’s Good Guys with Guns: The Appeal and Consequences of Concealed Carry (2016). Both address the issue of good guys and bad guys in interesting and relevant … Continue reading

James Wright – Ten Essential Observations on Guns in America
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James Wright – Ten Essential Observations on Guns in America

As I noted yesterday, I am organizing my Sociology of Guns seminar this semester around an essay published by sociologist James D. Wright in 1995, “Ten Essential Observations on Guns in America.” James D. Wright is currently Provost’s Distinguish Research Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences at the … Continue reading

Armed Citizens and Andrew Branca on The Law of Self-Defense
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Armed Citizens and Andrew Branca on The Law of Self-Defense

The June 27th issue of The New Yorker magazine includes a story by Evan Osnos called “Making a Killing: The Business and Politics of Selling Guns.”  Although it is framed by the usual anti-gun biases, it also includes some material of interest to Gun Culture 2.0. Notably, it tells the stories of Gerald Ung and … Continue reading

Review of Guns, Freedom & The American Dream: The Story of Tim Schmidt and the USCCA
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Review of Guns, Freedom & The American Dream: The Story of Tim Schmidt and the USCCA

That’s something I’ve always been good at: if there’s a problem, I like to solve it – often in a way that makes little sense to others. I guess that’s just the way I think – the engineer in me (p. 31). In my last post on the United States Concealed Carry Association’s interest in … Continue reading