The History of Concealed Weapons Laws in the United States, Part 4: The Dawn of the Era of Permitless Carry
Concealed Carry / Firearms

The History of Concealed Weapons Laws in the United States, Part 4: The Dawn of the Era of Permitless Carry

When I began this blog nearly 5 years ago, I had no idea that I would be talking about the dawn of a new era of concealed carry in the United States. But developments in the past couple of years have forced my hand. Before highlighting those developments, I will review the broad pattern of … Continue reading

Ethical Arguments Against and For Gun Control: How Much Regulation Do We Need?
Books / Firearms

Ethical Arguments Against and For Gun Control: How Much Regulation Do We Need?

Last year I began writing reviews of gun-related books for CHOICE, a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries that helps academic librarians find new titles to add to their collections. The reviews themselves are only a couple hundred words long, so it’s tough to say anything substantive in them, but being a … Continue reading

Responding to the Catholic News Service’s Call for Comment Post-Orlando
Faith / Firearms / Media

Responding to the Catholic News Service’s Call for Comment Post-Orlando

Among the responsibilities of the communications and external relations department of my university is to connect faculty experts with media working in their areas of expertise. So, after major events like the mass murders in San Bernardino and Orlando, my contact in that office usually asks me if I want to comment. For example, after … Continue reading

Thoughts on the Definition of “Mass Shooting” (and More) from a Fellow Badger Dave Schroeder
Firearms

Thoughts on the Definition of “Mass Shooting” (and More) from a Fellow Badger Dave Schroeder

I had hoped to post some of my own thoughts on mass shootings this week, but the last week of class and other responsibilities overwhelmed me. Which is probably for the best because I am never anxious to speak publicly about a topic in the immediate of a major event. Fortunately, scrolling through my Facebook … Continue reading

Carrying Guns, Embodying Gun Culture
Concealed Carry / Firearms

Carrying Guns, Embodying Gun Culture

“Embedded into everyday life, guns become commonplace objects to be worn and carried with purpose – rather than taboo ‘killing machines’ that should be kept out of sight and out of mind.” – Jennifer Carlson, Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline (p. 83). In my previous post, I highlighted Jennifer Carlson’s … Continue reading