Paper Available on “The Rise of Self-Defense in Gun Advertising: The American Rifleman, 1918-2017”
My Experience / Personal Defense / Shooting Sports

Paper Available on “The Rise of Self-Defense in Gun Advertising: The American Rifleman, 1918-2017”

Later this week I will be attending a Gun Studies Symposium at the University of Arizona in Tucson, organized by Jennifer Carlson, Kristen Goss, and Harel Shapira. The symposium includes a Who’s Who of scholars who have studied guns for decades, including Philip Cook (Duke), David Kopel (Denver Law), Robert Spitzer (CUNY), Frank Zimring (Berkeley), … Continue reading

NRA Carry Guard “Insurance” and “Training” Program Launched
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

NRA Carry Guard “Insurance” and “Training” Program Launched

Clearly I missed more than seeing guns, colleagues, and friends at the National Rifle Association annual meetings and exhibits last week. NRA CARRY GUARD was launched with much fanfare — including a cover over the cover of the May 2017 issue of The American Rifleman. Fortunately others were on the scene and are starting to … 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