We’re Doing the Gun Debate Wrong

We're Doing the Gun Debate Wrong

Sociologist Jennifer Carlson interviewed a bunch of police chiefs about their views on guns. I’m going to interview her about that tonight. RS Jennifer Carlson thinks we’re doing the gun debate wrong. Prompted by wall-to-wall coverage of mass shootings, the contemporary conversation on gun violence pits "gun safety" advocates pushing middling reforms against gun rights enthusiasts who see almost all reforms as complete and unconscionable violations of the Second Amendment. But as Carlson argues in her new book, Policing the Second Amendment: Guns, Law Enforcement, and the Politics of Race (Princeton University Press), this conversation largely excludes two major groups: the cops we task to enforce gun laws in the first place, and people of color—especially Black people—whose communities bear the brunt of gun violence. In a remote interview hosted by Town Hall tonight at 7:30 p.m., I’ll ask Carlson to school us all on how she thinks we should be talking about this stuff. We’ll learn where cops were born, where they got their guns, and how race informs their approaches to policing a country armed to the teeth. Carlson, me. University of Princeton Press Carlson is a sociologist at the University of Arizona, where she teaches courses on guns, criminal justice, law and politics, and gender. In her last book, Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline, she interviewed concealed-carriers to figure out why so many Americans have been arming themselves. In Policing the Second Amendment , she loops in law enforcement and […]

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