Understanding America's Gun Culture focuses on building understanding of some of the issues associated with U.S. gun culture and the contemporary debate about the availability and use of guns. This edited volume is unique in that it draws on a wide variety of disciplines and presents perspectives on both sides of the debate. Contributors hail from the academic disciplines of history, social work, criminal justice, sociology, religion, and theological ethics as well as policy agencies. Some chapters examine the issues social-psychologically to help readers better understand dynamics within the debate. Others pose important ethical and philosophical questions about gun culture. Still others address practical policy solutions for enhancing gun safety and minimizing gun violence, even bringing in international perspectives. This second edition includes literature published in the last two years and two new chapters, one focusing on gender within gun culture and another that features a conversation between the editors and an ethnographic researcher with broad expertise in gun culture and research and policy trends. Together, the chapters create a thought-provoking compilation that offers insightful findings, considers theoretical and practical implications, and invites further exploration of the topic.
Lisa Fisher is consulting director at a Washington, DC, IT and management consulting firm.
Craig Hovey is professor of religion at Ashland University and is executive director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence.
Guns, guns, and more guns: Americans love them and hate them, worship them and fear them, openly carry them and conceal them, use them for good and use them for evil. In this unique collection of essays, Fisher and Hovey help people to better understand them. Scholars from various disciplines share empirical research depicting the traditional, symbolic, practical, and impractical reasons that guns always have been and probably always will be an integral part of American culture. A must read for anyone interested in Americans’ obsession with guns.