Civilized Violence Lessons from Gun Schools by Harel Shapira at Wake Forest University
Firearms / Personal Defense

Civilized Violence Lessons from Gun Schools by Harel Shapira at Wake Forest University

I am excited to host University of Texas sociologist Harel Shapira today at Wake Forest University. Dr. Shapira will be speaking about his research on gun schools in Texas. I have never met Shapira and have not seen any of his ongoing research, but am looking forward to meeting him and hearing his presentation. I … Continue reading

Testing, Testing Myself on the Gun Range
Firearms / My Experience

Testing, Testing Myself on the Gun Range

In my recent post on “Becoming a Civilian Defender,” I highlighted Massad Ayoob’s position that “mental awareness and preparedness” and “proper use of tactics” are higher priorities in surviving violent encounters than “skill in combatives” and “optimum selection of equipment.” Which is reassuring to me because I do spend more time on the former than the … Continue reading

Becoming the Civilian Defender
Firearms / Personal Defense

Becoming the Civilian Defender

Although it was published earlier this year, I recently came across an interesting post on Dr. Sherman House’s “Revolver Science” blog called Becoming the Civilian Defender. “Civilian defender” is House’s term for the regular people who take responsibility for their self-defense along the lines of tactical trainer Patrick McNamara’s “Sentinel” or sociologist Jennifer Carlson’s “citizen-protector.” … Continue reading

EVENT CANCELED: An Education in Violence: Teaching and Learning to Kill in America
Personal Defense

EVENT CANCELED: An Education in Violence: Teaching and Learning to Kill in America

SO, I APPARENTLY JINXED THINGS BY FINALLY ANNOUNCING THIS EVENT BECAUSE UNFORTUNATELY THE SPEAKER HAS HAD TO CANCEL LAST MINUTE. I AM LEAVING THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TALK HERE, THOUGH, AS I AM HOPING TO RESCHEDULE THE LECTURE FOR THE FALL 2016 SEMESTER! PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: I am excited to be hosting Dr. Harel Shapira of … Continue reading

The National Rifle Association as Thousands of Spider Monkeys, Not an 800-Pound Gorilla
Books / Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

The National Rifle Association as Thousands of Spider Monkeys, Not an 800-Pound Gorilla

Chapter 3 of Jennifer Carlson’s book on legal gun carriers in Michigan explores the role of National Rifle Association trainers and training courses in the construction and dissemination of the ideal of armed citizenship she calls the “citizen-protector.” Put briefly, the “citizen-protector” accepts the responsibility of using lethal force in defense of innocent life as … Continue reading

North Carolina Concealed Permit Course/Training Requirements Compared to Virginia
Concealed Carry / My Experience / Personal Defense

North Carolina Concealed Permit Course/Training Requirements Compared to Virginia

In April 2015, a North Carolina certified concealed carry instructor, Larry Wegman of FTA-Firearms, contacted a Raleigh area television station about people using the Virginia non-resident option to get around the course/training requirements of the North Carolina concealed handgun permit. As noted in my last post, Wegman was particularly concerned about the ability to satisfy … Continue reading