Ethical Arguments Against and For Gun Control: How Much Regulation Do We Need?
Books / Firearms

Ethical Arguments Against and For Gun Control: How Much Regulation Do We Need?

Last year I began writing reviews of gun-related books for CHOICE, a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries that helps academic librarians find new titles to add to their collections. The reviews themselves are only a couple hundred words long, so it’s tough to say anything substantive in them, but being a … Continue reading

Public Trust and the Warrior Ethos by Captain Charles Huth
Fear / Personal Defense

Public Trust and the Warrior Ethos by Captain Charles Huth

I have previously written about my reservations about both the “sheepdog” and “warrior” metaphors for civilian gun carriers. Recently some friends on Facebook shared a post on LinkedIn by Captain Chip Huth of the Kansas City (Missouri) Police Department called “Public Trust and the Warrior Ethos.” Although Huth addresses himself to law enforcement officers, I … Continue reading

Criminal With Gun Invokes AOJ Lethal Force Triad to Police Officer
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Media

Criminal With Gun Invokes AOJ Lethal Force Triad to Police Officer

I have written a number of posts about the conditions under which a person can and cannot legally use deadly force in self-defense. Much of my understanding of this comes from Massad Ayoob’s course “Armed Citizen’s Rules of Engagement” (a.k.a. MAG-40), as well as Andrew Branca’s “Law of Self-Defense” course and book. A key to … Continue reading

Domestic Militarization: How Paramilitary Policing is Subverting the Citizenship of Black Americans by Hayden Abene
Firearms

Domestic Militarization: How Paramilitary Policing is Subverting the Citizenship of Black Americans by Hayden Abene

Following is the text of a paper one of the students in my Sociology of Guns seminar wrote last semester. His thoughts on guns as a “Southern Pacifist and Vegetarian” were also posted here last September. Although not about guns in the first place, the issue of police militarization is one I have learned about … Continue reading

Microsociology of Death of Eric Garner: 27 Seconds of Choking by Jooyoung Lee
Media

Microsociology of Death of Eric Garner: 27 Seconds of Choking by Jooyoung Lee

University of Toronto sociology professor Jooyoung Lee has written a very interesting blog post analyzing the video of the choking death of Eric Garner in Staten Island. It is a miscrosociology of the event that is also informed by Lee’s practice of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He blogs on Blogspot rather than WordPress platform so I … Continue reading