America’s Super Gun Owners Are . . . What?
Firearms / Media

America’s Super Gun Owners Are . . . What?

Lois Beckett covers guns in the United States for The Guardian, and recently cross-posted her work on The Trace, because some researchers at Harvard and Northeastern Universities gave these two gun-control-oriented news organizations early access to their findings from a study of gun ownership in the United States. Beckett highlighted one particular finding from the … Continue reading

Memo to The Trace: Your Antipathy Toward Gun Owners is Pissing Me Off
Firearms / Media / My Experience

Memo to The Trace: Your Antipathy Toward Gun Owners is Pissing Me Off

To: The Trace From: A Liberal Social Scientist Studying Guns Date: 22 September 2016 Re: Your Antipathy Toward Gun Owners In my Sociology of Guns seminar today, we are reading an excerpt from (Harvard Bachelor’s, Cambridge Master’s, and University of California Ph.D.) anthropologist Abigail Kohn’s book, Shooters: Myths and Realities of America’s Gun Cultures. Published … Continue reading

Criminal With Gun Invokes AOJ Lethal Force Triad to Police Officer
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Media

Criminal With Gun Invokes AOJ Lethal Force Triad to Police Officer

I have written a number of posts about the conditions under which a person can and cannot legally use deadly force in self-defense. Much of my understanding of this comes from Massad Ayoob’s course “Armed Citizen’s Rules of Engagement” (a.k.a. MAG-40), as well as Andrew Branca’s “Law of Self-Defense” course and book. A key to … Continue reading

Armed Citizens and Andrew Branca on The Law of Self-Defense
Books / Concealed Carry / Firearms / Media / My Experience / Personal Defense

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

Responding to the Catholic News Service’s Call for Comment Post-Orlando
Faith / Firearms / Media

Responding to the Catholic News Service’s Call for Comment Post-Orlando

Among the responsibilities of the communications and external relations department of my university is to connect faculty experts with media working in their areas of expertise. So, after major events like the mass murders in San Bernardino and Orlando, my contact in that office usually asks me if I want to comment. For example, after … Continue reading