Paper Available on “The Rise of Self-Defense in Gun Advertising: The American Rifleman, 1918-2017”
My Experience / Personal Defense / Shooting Sports

Paper Available on “The Rise of Self-Defense in Gun Advertising: The American Rifleman, 1918-2017”

Later this week I will be attending a Gun Studies Symposium at the University of Arizona in Tucson, organized by Jennifer Carlson, Kristen Goss, and Harel Shapira. The symposium includes a Who’s Who of scholars who have studied guns for decades, including Philip Cook (Duke), David Kopel (Denver Law), Robert Spitzer (CUNY), Frank Zimring (Berkeley), … Continue reading

Shooting Muzzle Loading Musket and Fowler at Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia)
Firearms / Fun / My Experience

Shooting Muzzle Loading Musket and Fowler at Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia)

I shot two replica muzzle loaders yesterday at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.   I am guest lecturing on religion and guns and gun culture in two classes today at the College of William and Mary, so I drove up to Williamsburg yesterday. My host mentioned that Colonial Williamsburg opened a musket range in spring 2016. … Continue reading

Why Do People Own AR-Platform Rifles?
Firearms / Fun / Guns and Gear / My Experience / Personal Defense

Why Do People Own AR-Platform Rifles?

Preliminary: “AR” is an abbreviation for ArmaLite Rifle, the company that developed the rifle, not “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle.” (H/T McThag) Also, the question here is why DO people own ARs, not why SHOULD they. I am dealing with the empirical issue not the normative one, although normative considerations would probably benefit from understanding … Continue reading

Question about Why People Own Guns and What Kind of Guns They Own
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Question about Why People Own Guns and What Kind of Guns They Own

Question: Why do people own guns? Surveys typically offer people several options to describe their motivations, usually including: hunting, collecting, recreation, and personal protection or self-defense. Over the past 20 years, self-defense has replaced hunting as the primary reason for gun ownership for Americans. Some surveys allow people to list multiple reasons, for example the … Continue reading