Add a Colt to Your Motoring Equipment
Concealed Carry / Fear / Firearms / Guns and Gear / Personal Defense

Add a Colt to Your Motoring Equipment

Although the entire premise of this blog and my research on Gun Culture 2.0 more generally is that self-defense and concealed carry have been become the core of American gun culture, I do recognize that self-defense and concealed carry have always been a part of American gun culture. Even in the late 18th and early … Continue reading

First Reflections on National Church Security Conference
Faith / Firearms / Personal Defense

First Reflections on National Church Security Conference

The 14th Annual National Organization of Church Security and Safety Management National Church Security Conference is a wrap. Three of the four members of our church security collaborative inquiry team attended the conference at Grace Church in Frisco, Texas. I was invited into this project because of my long history of work in the sociology … 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

Sociology of Guns Guest Speaker – John Johnston
Concealed Carry / Personal Defense / Training / Uncategorized

Sociology of Guns Guest Speaker – John Johnston

I was fortunate to have John Johnston of Ballistic Radio and Citizens Defense Research visit my Sociology of Guns class this semester during one of the two weeks we discussed concealed carry and armed self-defense. John engaged my students in a wide-ranging discussion of concealed carry classes as “training” and training for armed self-defense beyond … Continue reading