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

Review of Adam Winkler’s Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America – The Best Single Volume Treatment of Guns in America
Books / Firearms

Review of Adam Winkler’s Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America – The Best Single Volume Treatment of Guns in America

I read Adam Winkler’s Gunfight (W.W. Norton, 2011) months ago, but haven’t gotten around to posting about it until now because I got so much out of it. Nearly 9,000 words covering 20 single-spaced pages of notes, to be specific. So, these brief thoughts won’t do complete justice to the book. My main takeaway: This … Continue reading

Law Abiding One-Man Armies (Seattle, Washington, 1972)
Concealed Carry / Fear / Personal Defense

Law Abiding One-Man Armies (Seattle, Washington, 1972)

Although the right-to-carry revolution in the United States is three decades old now, very few serious studies of gun carrying have been published over the years. That is starting to change, as scholars take note of the rising number of individuals getting concealed weapon permits and as high profile cases of permit holders like George … Continue reading