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
Firearms

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