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

What’s Next? Understanding and Misunderstanding America’s Gun Culture – Book Chapter FINAL
Books / My Experience

What’s Next? Understanding and Misunderstanding America’s Gun Culture – Book Chapter FINAL

I am preparing to depart for the Republic of Texas tomorrow to meet with my church security Collaborative Inquiry Team (another sociologist and two pastors) and attend a national conference on church security. Each of us on the team shared something we wrote to help the others understand where we are coming from as we … Continue reading

Commentary on Jennifer Carlson’s book Citizen-Protectors
Books / Concealed Carry / Law and Policy / My Experience

Commentary on Jennifer Carlson’s book Citizen-Protectors

Last year I was invited to serve as one of the “critics” in an “author-meets-critics” session at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Montreal. The author in question is someone whose work I admire, Jennifer Carlson, so I gladly accepted. Putting together my list of top books on guns in America, I … Continue reading

On the Modern Technique of the Pistol, Simply and (Somewhat) Briefly
Books / Firearms / Training

On the Modern Technique of the Pistol, Simply and (Somewhat) Briefly

The private citizen firearms training industry was born as the American Pistol Institute at Gunsite Ranch back in 1976. The success of the American Pistol Institute (now Gunsite Academy) in surviving the passing of its founder, Col. Jeff Cooper, is due in part to the emphasis on the curriculum taught and not simply the person … Continue reading