“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

Sheepdogs and the Citizen-Protector’s Broadened Duty to Protect
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

Sheepdogs and the Citizen-Protector’s Broadened Duty to Protect

A reader of my previous post on Jennifer Carlson’s work on “citizen-protectors” wrote: “Of the millions of people who ‘carry’ I wonder how many of them think of themselves as the sheepdogs. In the ’60s when I was growing up we heard the term ‘ego trip’. Perhaps I should have said how many people who … 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