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

Originally posted on mikethegunguy:
When the Violence Policy Center began tracking shooting homicides committed by persons with concealed-carry permits, they were attacking the most cherished totem of the pro-gun community, namely, the idea that armed citizens play a positive role in protecting themselves and others from crime.  The fact that there is no credible research…

What is Worse, The Violence Policy Center or the New York Times Editorial Board?
Concealed Carry / Fear / Firearms

What is Worse, The Violence Policy Center or the New York Times Editorial Board?

What is worse? That the Violence Policy Center continues to promote brutally flawed “research” on “concealed carry killers”? Or that the New York Times’ editorial board publicized it? I am leaning toward the latter. We expect an advocacy group to do whatever it takes to promote their cause. The Violence Policy Center, its name notwithstanding, … Continue reading

More on Dismissed Research on Gun Shot Victims in Chicago
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More on Dismissed Research on Gun Shot Victims in Chicago

In a couple of previous posts (here and here), I promised to say more about a recent article on nonfatal gunshot injuries that was treated dismissively on another blog: “Tragic, but not random: The social contagion of nonfatal gunshot injuries,” by Andrew V. Papachristos, Christopher Wildeman, and Elizabeth Roberto, published in Social Science and Medicine, … Continue reading