Are Semiautomatic Weapons with Large Capacity Magazines and/or other Military-Style Features More Criminal and/or Dangerous?
Firearms

Are Semiautomatic Weapons with Large Capacity Magazines and/or other Military-Style Features More Criminal and/or Dangerous?

I would like to know the answer to the question asked in the title of this post, so I was interested to see that Christopher Koper has recently published an article in the Journal of Urban Health: “Criminal Use of Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Semiautomatic Firearms: an Updated Examination of Local and National Sources.” I … Continue reading

Review of “Juvenile Offenders and Guns: Voices Behind Gun Violence”
Books / Firearms

Review of “Juvenile Offenders and Guns: Voices Behind Gun Violence”

The open-access, online book review site, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, has recently published a review I wrote of Juvenile Offenders and Guns: Voices Behind Gun Violence by Diane Marano. (Note: I grant that “gun violence” is a problematic category but I am not going to engage that issue here.) Although I have said … Continue reading

The A-Political NRA of Yore Strikes Again – 1918 Edition
Firearms / Media

The A-Political NRA of Yore Strikes Again – 1918 Edition

In a much longer recent entry I questioned the common narrative that the National Rifle Association was (largely? mostly? considerably?) a-political prior to the 1977 Revolt at Cincinnati. Continuing my stroll through 100 years of the NRA’s flagship publication, The American Rifleman, I came across still more evidence that the fundamental political emphasis of the … Continue reading

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