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

Protecting Houses of Worship, Part 1: Training Organizations, Groups, and Individuals
Faith / Training

Protecting Houses of Worship, Part 1: Training Organizations, Groups, and Individuals

Last month I spooked a few people by posting that I was “SEEKING HELP on Protecting Houses of Worship.”  There was no immediate danger. Rather, I am beginning to collaborate with a religion scholar on a possible research project on church/congregational security. We are in the process of putting together a research proposal, and I wanted … Continue reading

The Catch-22 of Gun Training – Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t
Firearms / Media / Training

The Catch-22 of Gun Training – Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

I went a bit ballistic on Facebook recently after I started seeing people posting and re-posting and commenting approvingly on a story that appeared in many media outlets — including the NY Times, PBS, and most graphically (and unsurprisingly) the NY Daily News. As a level-headed Canadian friend of mine pointed out, the actual body … Continue reading

Shooting Skills Baseline Drills, Round 2: “The Test” and Dot Torture
Fun / My Experience / Training

Shooting Skills Baseline Drills, Round 2: “The Test” and Dot Torture

Although there was some residual snow on the ground, a sunny and comparatively warm 50 degree Saturday drew me to the range to shoot a couple more drills to establish a baseline starting point for the year. I couldn’t shoot Karl Rehn’s 3-Seconds or Less drill because the movement required in the mud, so I … Continue reading