Final Thoughts on Representing and Misrepresenting Gun Culture Through Photographs: Memorial
Firearms

Final Thoughts on Representing and Misrepresenting Gun Culture Through Photographs: Memorial

In my previous two posts (one on The Void and one on Silhouette) I have reflected on the ways in which photographer Garrett O. Hansen’s series of works collectively called “HAIL” both represent and misrepresent gun culture. For the final works in this series, “Memorial,” Hansen uses 12 panels each to depict the actual monthly … Continue reading

Review of “Juvenile Offenders and Guns: Voices Behind Gun Violence”
Books / Firearms

Review of “Juvenile Offenders and Guns: Voices Behind Gun Violence”

The open-access, online book review site, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, has recently published a review I wrote of Juvenile Offenders and Guns: Voices Behind Gun Violence by Diane Marano. (Note: I grant that “gun violence” is a problematic category but I am not going to engage that issue here.) Although I have said … Continue reading

Memo to The Trace: Your Antipathy Toward Gun Owners is Pissing Me Off
Firearms / Media / My Experience

Memo to The Trace: Your Antipathy Toward Gun Owners is Pissing Me Off

To: The Trace From: A Liberal Social Scientist Studying Guns Date: 22 September 2016 Re: Your Antipathy Toward Gun Owners In my Sociology of Guns seminar today, we are reading an excerpt from (Harvard Bachelor’s, Cambridge Master’s, and University of California Ph.D.) anthropologist Abigail Kohn’s book, Shooters: Myths and Realities of America’s Gun Cultures. Published … Continue reading

Awash in a Sea of Faith and Firearms: PBS to Air “The Armor of Light” Documentary on May 10
Faith / Firearms / Media

Awash in a Sea of Faith and Firearms: PBS to Air “The Armor of Light” Documentary on May 10

Unique among the industrial democracies of the modern West, the United States is both “awash in a sea of faith” (to quote historian Jon Butler) and awash in a sea of firearms (as we know from the Small Arms Survey). I have a scholarly paper forthcoming in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion that empirically … Continue reading