Citizen-protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline

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Oxford University Press, 2015 - Firearms
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For the past several decades, the United States has witnessed a profound transformation in what Americans do with the guns they own. While hunting used to dominate American gun culture, now the top reason for owning a gun is protection, and today, there are over eleven million concealed carry licensees. Why are millions of Americans - disproportionately American men - choosing to carry guns as part of their everyday lives? And what are the effects of gun carry on contemporary notions of citizenship, governance, and crime? This volume examines these questions.

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