Guns 360 takes a comprehensive and common-sense approach to some of the most difficult issues facing not only the criminal justice system but also society as a whole: firearm possession, regulation, and control. Issues related to firearms cut across all dimensions of society and are a concern to everyone from the members of the general public, law enforcement, academics, politicians, public health agencies, and the media. An interdisciplinary approach is needed to fully understand and appreciate the many facets related to firearms.
Firearm related issues cover more than mere ownership and possession. School shootings and mass shootings dominate the headlines and cause fear for both parents and students. Firearm regulation and licensing divide politicians and create solid one issue voting blocks. Firearms used in domestic violence incidents and weapons owned and used by the mentally ill generate more victims than solutions. The marketing, messaging, and purchasing of firearms are all shaped by a variety of criminological, sociological, and psychological forces used to influence commercial behavior.
This book combines academics in the fields of criminology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, economics, communications with practical experts with law enforcement, military, management, forensics, public health, medicine, and digital forensics backgrounds. This multidisciplinary approach has been brought together to further our understanding of firearms and their impacts on our society from every angle.
Firearms will never disappear, nor will the controversy surrounding them suddenly turn into agreement. What can be accomplished however is an increased knowledge, understanding, and discussion of the complex topics involved within these debates.
Eric S. See is professor and division head of criminal justice and military science at Methodist University.
Christopher M. Bellas is associate professor and graduate coordinator in the department of criminal justice and consumer sciences at Youngstown State University.
Sarah A. See is assistant professor in the division of criminal justice and military science at Methodist University.
Part One: An Introduction to Firearm Types, Markets, and Ownership
Chapter One: Gadget Guns: A Legal and Ethical Examination of a Unique Portion of the Firearms Market by Eric S. See and Sarah A. See
Chapter Two: Regulating the American Firearms Market: Understanding the Economics of Guns by Josiah R. Baker
Chapter Three: The International Guns Market by Josiah R. Baker
Chapter Four: A Critique of Some Phenomenological Studies on Guns and Gun Ownership by Michael Potts
Part Two: Firearms and the Public: Messages from the Media, the Police, and the NRA
Chapter Five: Media Message on Guns: It’s Complicated by Kevin Swift
Chapter Six: Guns, Maps and, Media: Silencers and Loud Reports by Dan Trigoboff
Chapter Seven: Guns in America: Public Opinion, Research, and the Role of the NRA by Paul Knudson
Chapter Eight: What Every Civilian Needs to Know from Professional Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors by David Wulff and Joseph Binns
Part Three: Economics, Psychology, Politics, and Race
Chapter Nine: The Use and Misuse of Gun Data by Matthew Dobra
Chapter Ten: Guns in American Politics by Christopher Lee Cronin
Chapter Eleven: Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Summary of Psychological Research on Gun Violence by Mark Kline
Chapter Twelve: Guns and the African American Community by Lisa G. Long
Part Four: Firearms and Public Health
Chapter Thirteen: Applying Public Health Outcomes to the Culture of Gun Violence by Michelle L. Foster
Chapter Fourteen: Public Health and Guns by Deborah Morris
Chapter Fifteen: The Social Construction of Mental Illness and Its Relation to Gun Control by J. Scott Lewis
Part Five: Firearms at Work and School
Chapter Sixteen: Guns at Work: Management Considerations and Workplace Policies by Mark R. Regensburger
Chapter Seventeen: Rational-Based Policies and Irrational Actors: An Examination of Recent Tragedies at Domestic Military Installations, Houses of Worship, and Schools by David A. Mackey
Chapter Eighteen: The Effect of School Mass Shootings: Should We Be Arming Our Teachers and Students? By Nicole A. Shoenberger
Chapter Nineteen: The Tragedy of Firearms in American Schools: Student Voices, Perspectives, and Experiences by Bertha Llamas, Madeline Yeung, Mikaela Brosh, Kayla Birmingham, and Robert Szewczyk
Chapter Twenty: Weapons Prohibited: An Examination of Issues Regarding Possession of Firearms on College Campuses by Haley Lapcevich, Jason Simon, Amanda Moreschi, Courtney Platt, and Justin Shaughnessy
Part Six: Understanding the Role of Firearms in Legal and Investigative Issues
Chapter Twenty-One: Investigation of Firearm-Related Crimes by Mark Vecellio and Steve Downs
Chapter Twenty-Two: Patterns in Homicide: Revisited by Mary G. Wilson and Michelle L. Foster
Chapter Twenty-Three: Stand Your Ground Laws and the Evolution of Self-Defense in the United States by Christopher M. Bellas
Chapter Twenty-Four: Guns and Domestic Violence: When Home Isn’t so Sweet by Monica Merrill
Chapter Twenty-Five: Guns and the Dark Web: How Technological Advances Easily Facilitate Access to Firearms and Other Weaponry by Sabrina Koncaba and Karla Weinbrenner
Guns 360: Differing Perspectives and Common-Sense Approaches to Firearms in America provides a cutting-edge, multifaceted examination of a historically one-dimensional issue on the subject of guns. The all-encompassing work incorporates experts from disciplines ranging from criminal justice and economics to philosophy and religion. As a social work faculty member and former dean, I think the book provides a valuable addition to an existing gap in the literature published previously. This book appeals to a wide audience interested in continuing the important and controversial dialog on this topic. From expert analysis to students talking to students, this book offers a perspective that is seminal in nature. Guns 360 is trend setting in its analysis and approach and will be well received by academics, students, and the general public. This book is a valuable addition to the existing literature in the field of criminal justice.