Guns don't buy themselves, and they don't pull their own triggers. The United States' gun crisis is socio-cultural and requires a socio-cultural solution.
Freedom means accepting the fact that at any given time our children might be massacred? Maybe we to rethink this arrangement.
If more guns were the solution, the United States would be the safest nation on Earth...and Yemen would be the second safest.
APPLYING REASON TO THE IRRATIONAL During a Facebook conversation with a right-wing friend of mine (yes, I do have right-wing friends), he pointed out "while we prayed for the victims, you prayed the shooter wasn't a Muslim." I have to admit, he wasn't entirely wrong. I'm not one for prayer, and clearly I had deep... Continue Reading →
A POWERFUL ANALYSIS FROM JOSS FONG AT VOX.COM For another perspective, check out this analysis from MSB done back in October. Fong uses Idaho, I looked at Vermont as compared to Louisiana. What's the difference?
THE BASIC PREMISE FOR OUR NEED TO BEAR ARMS OR REGULATE ARMS ISN'T TRUE Every time there's a mass shooting, or a noteworthy event that makes it into the mainstream media involving gun violence the response is almost visceral, but certain. First, the "gun rights" advocates and their NRA pushers take to the editorial pages... Continue Reading →
OR THE DIFFICULTIES OF ACADEMIC HONESTY The last couple of semesters I've had the unfortunate opportunity to talk about American gun culture and its associated gun violence in real time. It's actually a great topic through which to understand the sociological imagination and to offer relevant lessons on how sociologists do our work. I try to... Continue Reading →