Final Thoughts on Representing and Misrepresenting Gun Culture Through Photographs: Memorial
Firearms

Final Thoughts on Representing and Misrepresenting Gun Culture Through Photographs: Memorial

In my previous two posts (one on The Void and one on Silhouette) I have reflected on the ways in which photographer Garrett O. Hansen’s series of works collectively called “HAIL” both represent and misrepresent gun culture. For the final works in this series, “Memorial,” Hansen uses 12 panels each to depict the actual monthly … Continue reading

The Problem with Averages in Understanding Guns, Violence, and Crime (Take 2)
Firearms / Media

The Problem with Averages in Understanding Guns, Violence, and Crime (Take 2)

When I tell my more liberal friends I am studying “gun culture,” they frequently hear me saying “gun violence,” since their primary association with guns is with violence. Although my interest in guns is actually in the culture that surrounds it rather than violence, I still spend a few days on “gun violence” — firearm-related … Continue reading

America’s Super Gun Owners Are . . . What?
Firearms / Media

America’s Super Gun Owners Are . . . What?

Lois Beckett covers guns in the United States for The Guardian, and recently cross-posted her work on The Trace, because some researchers at Harvard and Northeastern Universities gave these two gun-control-oriented news organizations early access to their findings from a study of gun ownership in the United States. Beckett highlighted one particular finding from the … Continue reading

Memo to The Trace: Your Antipathy Toward Gun Owners is Pissing Me Off
Firearms / Media / My Experience

Memo to The Trace: Your Antipathy Toward Gun Owners is Pissing Me Off

To: The Trace From: A Liberal Social Scientist Studying Guns Date: 22 September 2016 Re: Your Antipathy Toward Gun Owners In my Sociology of Guns seminar today, we are reading an excerpt from (Harvard Bachelor’s, Cambridge Master’s, and University of California Ph.D.) anthropologist Abigail Kohn’s book, Shooters: Myths and Realities of America’s Gun Cultures. Published … Continue reading