Introduction: Guns in America
This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the myths and realities of gun culture in the U.S. This volume features interviews with three different types of shooters, including the general enthusiasts, shooters involved in cowboy action shooting, and the so-called Generation X shooters. It uses ethnography to study gun enthusiasm and suggests that the gun debate in the U.S. not only has cultural concerns but also cultural conflicts. It argues that we can only begin to have a constructive conversation about the role of guns in contemporary society by directly asking what gun ownership really means to gun enthusiasts and by recognizing and exploring the attraction that so many Americans have to guns.
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