Why Gun Violence Prevention Advocates Should Drop the Language of “Common Sense”
Law and Policy / Media / My Experience

Why Gun Violence Prevention Advocates Should Drop the Language of “Common Sense”

As I noted yesterday, I was a guest recently on the Texas Public Radio live call-in program “The Source.” Throughout the show, the host David Martin Davies referred to “common sense” gun laws and fortunately, before the show ended, I was able to formulate a thought in response: If we want to build some consensus, … Continue reading

Distinguishing Responsibly Armed Citizens from Mere Gun Owners
Law and Policy / Personal Defense / Training

Distinguishing Responsibly Armed Citizens from Mere Gun Owners

In my last post, I thought about the distinction between good guys with gun and bad guys with guns, and whether we can make that distinction only after someone has acted good or bad with a gun (“By their fruits ye shall know them”). The most recent incident spurring these thoughts is the mattress-in-dumpster shooting … 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