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

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

Is Arming Yourself a Rational Response to a Mass Public Shooting?
Concealed Carry / Fear / Firearms / Risk

Is Arming Yourself a Rational Response to a Mass Public Shooting?

I haven’t had time to write this up yet, but an underlying theme in academic studies of guns is that carrying a concealed firearm (and in some cases even owning one) is not a rational decision for most Americans under most circumstances. “Rational” here understood in the classical economic sense of maximizing benefits and minimizing … Continue reading

Tom Givens and Rangemaster – Collected Posts on Gun Culture 2.0 Blog
Concealed Carry / My Experience / Personal Defense / Training

Tom Givens and Rangemaster – Collected Posts on Gun Culture 2.0 Blog

As I have done for my posts on the civilian gun training industry, Col. Jeff Cooper/Gunsite, the USCCA Concealed Carry Expo, the NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits, gun ownership statistics, Rob Pincus, and Gabe Suarez, this page provides convenient access to continually updated links to all my posts about Tom Givens and Rangemaster. Links below … Continue reading