Ethical Arguments Against and For Gun Control: How Much Regulation Do We Need?
Books / Firearms

Ethical Arguments Against and For Gun Control: How Much Regulation Do We Need?

Last year I began writing reviews of gun-related books for CHOICE, a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries that helps academic librarians find new titles to add to their collections. The reviews themselves are only a couple hundred words long, so it’s tough to say anything substantive in them, but being a … Continue reading

The Pocket Pistol
Books / Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

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
Books / Firearms

“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
Books / Firearms

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