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 Social Life of Guns” Conference at Amherst College
Firearms / My Experience / Personal Defense

“The Social Life of Guns” Conference at Amherst College

As my gun blogger friend John Richardson noted, I spent a couple of days this past weekend in Western Massachusetts, attending a conference associated with the Copeland Colloquium at Amherst College. Seven of us had been invited to write and present papers on “The Symbolic and Material Construction of Guns,” and we were joined by … Continue reading

Concealed Carry Factors: Quantifying the Choice of a Concealed Carry Handgun
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

Concealed Carry Factors: Quantifying the Choice of a Concealed Carry Handgun

I am working hard these days on a paper I will be presenting at a symposium on “The Symbolic and Material Construction of Guns” at Amherst College this March. The title of the paper is: “‘The First Rule of Gunfighting is Have a Gun‘: Technologies of Concealed Carry in Gun Culture 2.0.” The first part … Continue reading

NRA Personal Protection Expo, August 25-27, 2017, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

NRA Personal Protection Expo, August 25-27, 2017, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Not sure how I missed this announcement from mid-December, but news that the National Rifle Association is going to be producing a “Personal Protection Expo” on August 25-27, 2017 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee finally reached me somehow. The event makes perfect sense for the NRA as self-defense is the core of the current … Continue reading

Armed Citizens and Andrew Branca on The Law of Self-Defense
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Armed Citizens and Andrew Branca on The Law of Self-Defense

The June 27th issue of The New Yorker magazine includes a story by Evan Osnos called “Making a Killing: The Business and Politics of Selling Guns.”  Although it is framed by the usual anti-gun biases, it also includes some material of interest to Gun Culture 2.0. Notably, it tells the stories of Gerald Ung and … Continue reading

Review of Guns, Freedom & The American Dream: The Story of Tim Schmidt and the USCCA
Books / Concealed Carry / Firearms

Review of Guns, Freedom & The American Dream: The Story of Tim Schmidt and the USCCA

That’s something I’ve always been good at: if there’s a problem, I like to solve it – often in a way that makes little sense to others. I guess that’s just the way I think – the engineer in me (p. 31). In my last post on the United States Concealed Carry Association’s interest in … Continue reading