Offense, Defense, or Both: Why Do Some Poor Minority Inner-City Youth Carry Guns?
Firearms / Personal Defense

Offense, Defense, or Both: Why Do Some Poor Minority Inner-City Youth Carry Guns?

As much as I have enjoyed my recent foray into recreational gun culture (hunting, target/sport shooting, and collecting), I am returning from my hiatus from thinking about guns in connection with violence because we are discussing violence in my Sociology of Guns seminar now. As I wrote previously, following James Wright, “most of the gun … Continue reading

From Citizen-Protector to Citizen-Vigilante?
Books / Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

From Citizen-Protector to Citizen-Vigilante?

Continuing my response to a commenter about the potential downsides of gun carriers as sheepdogs. . . In her study of gun carriers in Michigan, Jennifer Carlson develops the concept of the “citizen-protector” to describe how “the everyday practice of gun carry sustains a model of citizenship . . . that celebrates the protection of … Continue reading

Assessing Risk in the Decision to Carry a Gun
Concealed Carry / Firearms / My Experience / Personal Defense

Assessing Risk in the Decision to Carry a Gun

One of the most controversial and confusing topics when it comes to guns is the issue of risk. The determination of risk is central to the public health approach to (gun) violence, going back to Arthur Kellermann’s influential and controversial work such as “Gun Ownership as a Risk Factor for Homicide in the Home.” I … Continue reading