Taking Gabe White’s Tactical Success with Technical Skills Class at 2018 Tactical Conference
My Experience / Training

Taking Gabe White’s Tactical Success with Technical Skills Class at 2018 Tactical Conference

Toward the end of my second day wandering the frontiers of defensive gun culture at the three day Polite Society Tactical Conference, I could feel my brain getting full and my trigger finger antsy. As I have written before, there is a trade-off for me in participating in gun training classes rather than just observing … Continue reading

20th Anniversary Rangemaster Polite Society Tactical Conference, 2018
My Experience / Training

20th Anniversary Rangemaster Polite Society Tactical Conference, 2018

2018 marked the 20th anniversary of the Rangemaster Polite Society Tactical Conference. I had only attended “TacCon” once before, in 2014. Even over the short period of four years, much about the event has changed. When I attended the 16th annual TacCon in 2014, 140 individuals – including me and my wife – paid $249 … Continue reading

People Before Thinkers Before Shooters, Or How Travis Haley Makes Me Want to Be a Better Person
My Experience / Training

People Before Thinkers Before Shooters, Or How Travis Haley Makes Me Want to Be a Better Person

Early in his D5 Disruptive Science Handgun course, Travis Haley asks his students, “Is anyone here OK living in a world of good enough?” He is not just referring to shooting. Every gun training course I observe makes me want to be a better and more thoughtful armed citizen. Travis Haley’s D5 Disruptive Science Handgun … Continue reading

Publication Alert: “The First Rule of Gunfighting is Have a Gun: Technologies of Concealed Carry in Gun Culture 2.0”
Books / Firearms / My Experience

Publication Alert: “The First Rule of Gunfighting is Have a Gun: Technologies of Concealed Carry in Gun Culture 2.0”

I have said it before, on this blog and in scholarly publications (also here), but I will say it again: It is no exaggeration to say that sociologists are only interested in guns and gun culture to the extent that they are related to crime, violence, and social inequality. Now, to be fair, sociologists are … Continue reading

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