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

Thoughts on Outdoor Channel’s “Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T.” and the Militarization of American Society
Firearms / Media

Thoughts on Outdoor Channel’s “Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T.” and the Militarization of American Society

My recent reading of Radley Balko’s The Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces (PublicAffairs, 2013) led me to re-view the Outdoor Channel series “Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T” (hereafter “ETU”) from a very different perspective than my initial viewing. Outdoor Channel describes the show on its website this way: Elite Tactical … Continue reading