The Politics of Gun Ownership and Gun Owners – Findings from the Pew Research Center
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The Politics of Gun Ownership and Gun Owners – Findings from the Pew Research Center

I wrote yesterday about re-visiting statistics on gun ownership from the 2015 National Firearms Survey for my Sociology of Guns seminar. For class today we also read the report, “America’s Complex Relationship with Guns.” I have posted several times already about this Pew Research Center’s 2017 gun survey, perhaps because I consulted on the survey … Continue reading

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

How A-Political Was the National Rifle Association Before The Cincinnati Revolt of 1977?
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How A-Political Was the National Rifle Association Before The Cincinnati Revolt of 1977?

I confess that I have always been jealous of historians and historical sociologists because their wide field of vision offers so many insights into the present. Good history helps us see where we came from, and how the present day is or is not different from the past. Total immersion into a previous time period … Continue reading