The Problem with Averages in Understanding Guns, Violence, and Crime (Take 2)
Firearms / Media

The Problem with Averages in Understanding Guns, Violence, and Crime (Take 2)

When I tell my more liberal friends I am studying “gun culture,” they frequently hear me saying “gun violence,” since their primary association with guns is with violence. Although my interest in guns is actually in the culture that surrounds it rather than violence, I still spend a few days on “gun violence” — firearm-related … 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

My Love of Whisk(e)y and the Alcohol Epidemic in the United States
Firearms / Fun / My Experience

My Love of Whisk(e)y and the Alcohol Epidemic in the United States

I love whisk(e)y. My love knows almost no boundaries. American, Canadian, Indian, Irish, Japanese, Scotch, Texas. Barley, corn, rye, wheat. Neat, rocks, mixed. To fuel my love I have been reading Reid Mitenbuler’s recent book, Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey. Early on, Mitenbuler introduces the first alcohol distiller among the British … Continue reading