Commentary on Jennifer Carlson’s book Citizen-Protectors
Books / Concealed Carry / Law and Policy / My Experience

Commentary on Jennifer Carlson’s book Citizen-Protectors

Last year I was invited to serve as one of the “critics” in an “author-meets-critics” session at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Montreal. The author in question is someone whose work I admire, Jennifer Carlson, so I gladly accepted. Putting together my list of top books on guns in America, I … Continue reading

“This Isn’t Star Wars”: Thinking Beyond Good Guys and Bad Guys
Books / Firearms

“This Isn’t Star Wars”: Thinking Beyond Good Guys and Bad Guys

Two of the books we’re reading in my Sociology of Guns seminar this year are Abigail Kohn’s Shooters: Myths and Realities of America’s Gun Cultures (2004) and Angela Stroud’s Good Guys with Guns: The Appeal and Consequences of Concealed Carry (2016). Both address the issue of good guys and bad guys in interesting and relevant … Continue reading

Becoming the Civilian Defender
Firearms / Personal Defense

Becoming the Civilian Defender

Although it was published earlier this year, I recently came across an interesting post on Dr. Sherman House’s “Revolver Science” blog called Becoming the Civilian Defender. “Civilian defender” is House’s term for the regular people who take responsibility for their self-defense along the lines of tactical trainer Patrick McNamara’s “Sentinel” or sociologist Jennifer Carlson’s “citizen-protector.” … Continue reading

Michigan Home Depot CPL Shooter: Exceptional But Increasingly Likely?
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Media / Personal Defense

Michigan Home Depot CPL Shooter: Exceptional But Increasingly Likely?

I have written a couple of times previously (here and here) about the idea that some who have licenses to carry concealed weapons today extend their role beyond the right of self-defense to a DUTY TO PROTECT others, including strangers. Even if those with concealed carry permits (by design) are less likely in general to … Continue reading

From Citizen-Protector to Citizen-Vigilante?
Books / Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

From Citizen-Protector to Citizen-Vigilante?

Continuing my response to a commenter about the potential downsides of gun carriers as sheepdogs. . . In her study of gun carriers in Michigan, Jennifer Carlson develops the concept of the “citizen-protector” to describe how “the everyday practice of gun carry sustains a model of citizenship . . . that celebrates the protection of … Continue reading