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

The Catch-22 of Gun Training – Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t
Firearms / Media / Training

The Catch-22 of Gun Training – Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

I went a bit ballistic on Facebook recently after I started seeing people posting and re-posting and commenting approvingly on a story that appeared in many media outlets — including the NY Times, PBS, and most graphically (and unsurprisingly) the NY Daily News. As a level-headed Canadian friend of mine pointed out, the actual body … Continue reading

Firearms Training and Gun Safety: What is Actually Taught?
Firearms / Training

Firearms Training and Gun Safety: What is Actually Taught?

Although gun rights and gun control advocates are typically like oil and water, one area of common ground between the two sides is on the issue of “gun safety.” Realistically, who other than criminals is against gun safety? The National Rifle Association’s position as the leading gun safety and education organization in the United States … Continue reading

Back to Basics: Taking the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course
My Experience / Training

Back to Basics: Taking the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course

I have been so caught up trying to understand the overall structure of the gun training industry and its central individuals and organizations that I have neglected the proverbial elephant in the room: the National Rifle Association Education and Training Department. At some point this past summer I realized I had never taken the NRA’s … Continue reading