Does the Second Amendment Give People the Right to Own Any Type of Gun They Want?
Firearms / Law and Policy

Does the Second Amendment Give People the Right to Own Any Type of Gun They Want?

It is not surprising that a reason some people today own AR-platform or “military style” rifles – sometimes MANY of them — is “because they can.” Recall that 2% of respondents in a 2013 Pew Research Center poll said the primary reason they owned guns is because it is their Constitutional right – the same … Continue reading

The A-Political NRA of Yore Strikes Again – 1918 Edition
Firearms / Media

The A-Political NRA of Yore Strikes Again – 1918 Edition

In a much longer recent entry I questioned the common narrative that the National Rifle Association was (largely? mostly? considerably?) a-political prior to the 1977 Revolt at Cincinnati. Continuing my stroll through 100 years of the NRA’s flagship publication, The American Rifleman, I came across still more evidence that the fundamental political emphasis of the … Continue reading

How A-Political Was the National Rifle Association Before The Cincinnati Revolt of 1977?
Firearms / Media

How A-Political Was the National Rifle Association Before The Cincinnati Revolt of 1977?

I confess that I have always been jealous of historians and historical sociologists because their wide field of vision offers so many insights into the present. Good history helps us see where we came from, and how the present day is or is not different from the past. Total immersion into a previous time period … Continue reading

Review of Adam Winkler’s Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America – The Best Single Volume Treatment of Guns in America
Books / Firearms

Review of Adam Winkler’s Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America – The Best Single Volume Treatment of Guns in America

I read Adam Winkler’s Gunfight (W.W. Norton, 2011) months ago, but haven’t gotten around to posting about it until now because I got so much out of it. Nearly 9,000 words covering 20 single-spaced pages of notes, to be specific. So, these brief thoughts won’t do complete justice to the book. My main takeaway: This … Continue reading