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

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

Another Student Reflection on the Role of Guns in Society: Problem with the Status Quo
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Another Student Reflection on the Role of Guns in Society: Problem with the Status Quo

Following is another student reflection on the question of the role guns should play in (American) society, from my Sociology of Guns seminar. The first reflection can be found here. As noted, it seems the entire range of opinions in American society can be found among my 15 students. By Katie Huggins Given my background, … Continue reading

Mike the Gun Guy: The Violence Policy Center Has Something Important To Tell Us About Guns
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Media

Mike the Gun Guy: The Violence Policy Center Has Something Important To Tell Us About Guns

I don’t always agree with him, but I like reading Mike the Gun Guy’s blog. He has a particular position that he hammers away at (objecting to the NRA promoting concealed carry to help gun companies sell more guns) and he pays attention to scholarly literature. But I fear the Violence Policy Center’s poor analysis … Continue reading