Memo to The Trace: Your Antipathy Toward Gun Owners is Pissing Me Off
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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┬áJournal for the Scientific Study of Religion┬áthat empirically … 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

Gary Kleck on the Effect of Large-Capacity Magazines on the Casualty Counts in Mass Shootings
Firearms

Gary Kleck on the Effect of Large-Capacity Magazines on the Casualty Counts in Mass Shootings

As noted previously, one of the three papers on the recent American Society of Criminology panel for which I was the discussant was by the distinguished criminologist Gary Kleck. Every time there is a mass shooting in America, some people look to ban large-capacity magazines in order to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the … Continue reading