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ShootersMyths and Realities of America's Gun Cultures$

Abigail A. Kohn

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195150513

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150513.001.0001

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Gun Enthusiasm: Questions for Semistructured Interview

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  1. 1. Do you consider yourself a gun enthusiast? How do you define “gun enthusiast”?

  2. 2. Do you own guns? If yes, how long have you owned them?

  3. 3. How did you become interested in guns?

  4. 4. Why do you like guns?

  5. 5. What does owning a gun mean to you?

  6. 6. Do you associate a certain lifestyle or way of living with owning a gun?

  7. 7. Do you think that there is a certain “culture” (define however you like) with owning or using handguns?

  8. 8. Do you associate a certain political affiliation with gun ownership? Please describe.

  9. 9. Do you use a gun for home protection?

  10. 10. If yes, why is this gun appropriate for home protection?

  11. 11. Please describe the kinds of situations in which you would actively use your gun and why you’d do so.

  12. 12. Have you ever taken any classes to learn how to use your gun safely? How did you learn safe gun usage?

  13. 13. Have you ever attended a gun show? If yes, what did you think of it? If no, why not?

  14. 14. Are you currently able to purchase the kinds of guns you are interested in shooting?

  15. 15. What do you think about our current gun laws?

  16. 16. Where do you enjoy practicing to shoot your gun (private or public shooting range; other)?

  17. 17. Do you think that men and women use guns differently? How so?

  18. (p.172) 18. Do you think that some guns are more appropriate for women than others?

  19. 19. Tell me about all the ways that you express your interest in guns (joining clubs, etc.).

  20. 20. What do guns symbolize for you?